Mexican Spice Blend

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Mexican Spice Blend is a perfectly balanced mixture of aromatic ground chiles and authentic Mexican spices. The seasoning is mildly spicy, with warm smokey notes. Use this recipe as a homemade fajita seasoning, add it to flavor casseroles, skillet meals, chili, enchiladas, or any other Mexican dishes!

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Homemade spice blends are just the best!! Not only are they cheaper than the pre-made, store bought stuff, but they’re also way fresher and tastier.

I think you’ll flip for this incredible blend of Mexican spices!!

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Mexican Spice Blend

This Mexican seasoning recipe gives a smoky and savory flavor, without being salty or too spicy – it’s just perfect!

Instead of overwhelming your meals, you’ll just enhance them! And that’s just the way a great spice blend should work.

If you like making your own spice blends, you will want to try out my Tex-Mex and homemade taco seasoning recipes next!

Those recipes use different Mexican spices than this Mexican seasoning recipe, for a completely different but equally tantalizing, tongue-tingling flavor!!

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Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Chili Powder and Chipotle Chile Powder – I want to differentiate between these two spices.

    Regular chili powder is a blend of seasonings, whereas chipotle chile powder is made entirely of dried, smoked, and ground chipotle chile peppers.
  • Paprika – You can use either Hungarian sweet or regular smoked paprika in this recipe.

    The Hungarian sweet isn’t as hot, and isn’t as traditional as smoked paprika. But use whichever you like best!
  • Cumin – I just love adding this warm, earthy spice to my seasoning blends! It goes well with basically everything.

    If you don’t have it around, you could try grinding some coriander instead – the two are very similar!
  • Oregano – Mexican oregano is, of course, preferred. The flavor is close to Marjoram and is your best substitute!
  • Onion and Garlic Powder – These two are a can’t-miss in any Mexican spice blend and homemade fajita seasoning! 
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Mexican Spice Blend FAQ

Is Mexican seasoning the same as taco seasoning?

A Mexican spice blend and taco seasoning blend will be very similar. The same goes for a fajita seasoning recipe – you’ll always have your main Mexican spices (paprika, cumin, garlic, chili powder) with a few variations from recipe to recipe.

Tips for the Best Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Grind your own spices.

Nothing matches the taste of freshly ground ingredients.

A mortar and pestle is a great investment, and you’ll use it all the time! Otherwise, a coffee bean grinder works well.

Control the heat.

One of the best things about making homemade seasoning blends is that you can completely control the spice level.

For example, chipotle powder is spicier than regular chili powder – add some extra if you want to. You can even add cayenne for more heat!

Save the shaker.

The next time you use the last of a store-bought spice shaker, save it to store a homemade spice blend!

Just rinse it out well, and be sure it’s completely dry before storing anything in it.

Make it in bulk! 

You can easily double or triple this Mexican seasoning recipe. It keeps for a very long time. If you make a lot of Mexican cuisine, it’s worth making this blend in bulk!

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Storing Your Mexican Spices

You want a good, airtight container with a wide opening so that you can easily measure out scoops.

A glass jar does the trick for me! As I mentioned earlier, I’ll also keep some in a leftover spice shaker to store in my cabinet.

Regardless of the container, keep it somewhere cool and dry. Stored properly, this blend will last you a year!

Other Uses for Homemade Fajita Seasoning

There are so many ways to enjoy this homemade Mexican spice blend!

I like to add it to grilled meats and ground hamburger, like when making fajitas or tacos. It also makes a great dry rub or the base of a wet marinade.

I often add it to other recipes to kick up the flavor. For example, in my copycat recipes for the Taco Bell Burrito Supreme, Chicken Quesadilla, and Carnitas

But you can also sprinkle this combo on stir fried or roasted vegetables! Fried eggs and omelets would be 10x tastier with just a dash of this mix as well. 

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Mexican Spice Blend

Donna Elick
Mexican Spice Blend is a flavorful mix that you can use to season any Mexican dish. This recipe makes a great homemade fajita seasoning!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Pantry Staple
Cuisine Mexican
Method Mixed
Servings 16 tablespoons


  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika, see Notes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves


  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Pour into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry location for up to 6 months.

Donna’s Notes

Any flavor of paprika may be used, but I prefer a sweet Hungarian or a smoked variety.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 25cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 124mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published July 2011, republished September 2022

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  1. I love to blend my own spices. I never use cayenne it's just too spicy hot for my husband, but we love chipotle powder. I am definitely going to make this one thanks! I have Mexican oregano too 🙂 can't wait to try it.

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      How much spice blend to use depends on what you’re making. But, for something like fajitas, I use 1 tablespoon spice blend per pound of meat. You can always add more if you feel it’s needed, but you can’t take it out afterward, so start with a small amount and add to taste. Hope this helps!

      TSRI Team member,

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this spice mix! It was easy to make, and it made a lot. I used it in ground beef and it was perfect.

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