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Mexican Seasoning & Mango Salsa

Mexican Seasoning & Mango Salsa by SeasonWithSpice.com

Why would someone buy a Mexican seasoning packet from the grocery store?

I’ll answer that since I used to be their best customer.  I bought the packets because it was easy.  Easy to buy, and easy to tear open and have everything right there to mix with beef or chicken.

But the odd thing was – which I’m sure is the case with many people – I already had all the basic ingredients in my kitchen.  Cayenne pepper, onion and garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, black pepper.

spices & herbs for mexican seasoning, and ingredients for mango salsa

Well, I didn’t have all the ingredients to match the store bought Mexican seasonings.  As Sarah of TasteSpotting pointed out in our last Spotlight on Spice article, the taco seasoning packets are filled with polysyllable ingredients that are difficult to pronounce, and probably difficult for your body to accept.

Making the blend at home is cheaper and healthier.  I can cut down the salt. I can tweak the ratio of spices to make it more or less spicy.  I can grind whole spices if I want a fresher, more aromatic seasoning.

And just as important, it’s fun.   Isn’t that what’s missing in our kitchens these days?

fresh ingredients for making fajitas and tacos at home

Start with the basic spices of a Mexican seasoning, and add one more to experiment with the flavor.  Try adding the Caribbean spice of Allspice, or different types of ground chili pepper, or even lime zest.

Fajitas with homemade Mexican seasoning and mango salsa by Season with Spice

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Mexican Seasoning and Salsa Recipes

Taco / Fajita Seasoning by Season with Spice
Seasoning for one pound of chicken or ground beef

What you'll need:
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Sweet Paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Ground Chipotle or cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground allspice (optional)
1/2 tsp corn starch – for thickening purposes (optional)

1. If using any whole spices, ground spices into powder. Then mix all ingredients together.

2. Cook strips of chicken or ground beef. When halfway cooked, stir in seasoning blend with 1/8 cup of water (if using corn starch, add 1/4 cup water and cook until the mixture thickens).

Mango Salsa for Tacos / Fajitas by Season with Spice

What you'll need:
1 ripe, sweet mango - sliced into cubes
1/2 red chili (and/or green chili) - diced
1 tbsp of diced red onion
1 tbsp of lime juice
Handful of cherry tomatoes - sliced
1/2 of a bell pepper - chopped
A few cilantro leaves – chopped

1. Gently mix all ingredients so as not to smash mango. Serve on tacos, fajitas, or many other Mexican dishes.

Chicken fajitas recipe by Season with Spice


BiteMyCake said...

great recipe! I agree, making spice blends at home is cheaper, healthier, but also more fun :)

Avofav said...

I will have to try that. We like taco salad. Is that seasoning for a pound of meat?

wok with ray said...

This is one of the reasons I love visiting your site, Mark and Reese - your recipes with spices that I would otherwise never think of making. You guys are amazing! :)

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Tamara, it was fun to make, but even more fun to eat.

seasonwithspice said...

Yep, for one pound of chicken or beef

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks, can't wait to see more of your recipes with spice on Wok with Ray!

foodie @ Tasting Spot said...

nice recipe... will have to try it out with the game this weekend :)

in my studio said...

awesome post! healthy, easy and quick. Will def give it a try over the weekend.

Leann Lindeman said...

Mexican/southwest is my true love..... :)

seasonwithspice said...

yeah, me too. Gives me something to look forward to when I know my Vikings are going to lose...

seasonwithspice said...


seasonwithspice said...

I'm with you on that. This is the first of many Mexican recipes to come

mjskit said...

Love your taco seasoning combination! You're right - it's much better making your own and with all the spices in the kitchen - why not? Great mango salad as well!

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