Mexican Spice Mix

By: Susan Joy

Making your own Mexican seasoning is so simple. There is no need to use the store-bought packets that contain flour, sugar, food acid and anticaking agents.

When I read the ingredient list on my packet of taco mix, I was shocked. The first ingredient was sugar and the second was flour, no thank you (I just wanted the spices). Use 2 tablespoons of Mexican Spice Mix with 500g of beef or chicken mince when making tacos or 3 tablespoons for Chilli Beef or Taco Soup. It’s always best to use organic spices if available.

Serves: 10 Tablespoons (105g) | Prep Time: 00:05 | Cooking Time: 00:00


  • 3 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chilli, powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground


Add all the above ingredients to a glass jar with an airtight lid and stir to mix well. Seal and store in the pantry for up to 6 months.

For Tacos: 2 tablespoons is equivalent to 1 packet of taco seasoning.

For Chilli: 3 tablespoons is equivalent to 1 packet of chilli seasoning.

Mexican Spice Mix is also delicious sprinkled on fish, pork, beef or chicken before grilling or baking.

TACO RECIPE (serves 4):

1 sml – med onion, finely diced

500g beef or chicken mince

2 Tbsp Mexican seasoning mix

3 Tbsp organic tomato paste

80ml filtered water

METHOD: Heat a pan on medium and add coconut oil or olive oil. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the meat and cook for 5 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle over the spice mix and add the tomato paste and water, stir well. Cook simmering, for 8 – 10 minutes. Serve in Paleo tortillas or wraps with salad, salsa and fresh coriander leaves. Check out my Sweet Potato and Cassava Flour Wrap recipe HERE, or you will find a tortilla recipe in my Paleo Bread Cookbook HERE.

Article supplied with thanks to The JOYful Table.

About the Author: Susan is an author of The JOYful Table cookbook containing gluten & grain free, and Paleo inspired recipes for good health and wellbeing.

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