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Homemade Mexican Spice Blend


Spice Spice Baby!!! This homemade Mexican spice blend is so versatile, I put it on everything! From soups, sauces and chilis to roasted vegetables, fries or baked potatoes. I’ve even been known to put this on my popcorn!!!

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Ready to make some Mexican spice?

A great perk to making this homemade, it’s by far more economical than the package stuff. Not to mention that this is so easy to whip up there’s always a batch in my pantry.

Since this is simply a mix of spices, it will keep for as long as your spices normally would. The recommendation is six months, but I gotta be truthful, I know I have spices in my pantry past that timeframe. I always make a huge batch, honestly, we go through it pretty quickly. I keep mine in an airtight container for maximum freshness.

This Mexican spice blend is absolutely customizable. I use smoked paprika, if all you have on hand is regular paprika, that will work. I like a little heat, so I use cayenne pepper, you can omit this if that is not your preference. I make this using very little salt, you can even omit this altogether if you are watching your sodium intake. Even with a little dash of salt, this is by far WAY better sodium content than the packaged deal. If you are adding this to a stir fry, you can add a teaspoon of cornstarch to help it coat everything.

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Spices in a white bowl

Homemade Mexican Spice Blend

  • Author: Candice
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup 1x


Mexican spice blend is easy to put together and so much better for you than the packaged blend.   Perfect to add a little spice to your next recipe.



  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 TBSP ground cumin
  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


Now the fun part, mix all spices together!  You can put this in a mason jar and shake it like you mean it!  Just make sure to get all the spices at the bottom mixed up good.


This Mexican spice blend can be stored in an airtight container for 6 months in the pantry.

Please adjust the heat accordingly!  I love heat, personally, I add a little more cayenne than called for.  You can absolutely omit this if you prefer.

Make sure you Pin this recipe so you can easily find it!

  • Category: spice
  • Method: easy
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Mexican spice blend


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  2. What are the spices used for the Mexican spice blend?

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