What spices are used in Mexican food

Mexican spice mix

If you enjoy different dishes within Mexico, you may notice regional differences. In the north of the country there is an increased influence of Spain, while the cuisine in the south is indigenous.

Beans, corn, tomatoes, meat and cocoa are staple foods in all parts of the country. Chilli, which are offered in 90 different types, are responsible for the fruity heat.


History of the chilli pepper:

The homeland of the fiery chilli pepper awaits you with a variety of fiery dishes. The Aztecs already cultivated the fiery pods that characterize the cuisine of the country today. After Colombia was conquered, Columbus brought the hot chilli pepper to Europe.

Meanwhile, Mexican dishes are spreading more and more in German-speaking countries and Europe and thus the demand for typical Mexican spice mixtures is also increasing.

Chilies - from mild to hellishly hot:

Chilies differ in terms of size and flavor. You can choose between more than 90 different chilies. This pod is available in fine, mild nuances or with a lovely taste.

While sweet, paprika-like pods can be found in the lower range of the Scoville scale, the small pods are usually very hot.

If you are looking for a somewhat hot spice, you should use a pod with 15000-25000 Scoville. Examples of this spiciness are the Hot Jalapeno and the Chile des Arbol.

Chilies with more than 30,000 Scoville are relatively hot. This includes the long cayenne chilli pepper. If you dare to take a test of courage and are looking for a hellishly hot chilli spice, you should grab a pod with more than 100,000 Scoville.

Pods with more than 100,000 Scoville then already belong to the hot variety, but they also have their very own aroma. These include varieties such as Caribbean Red and Habanero. But there are also varieties such as Trinidad Scorpion Chili (1,250,000 Scoville), which is currently the hottest variety in the shop.

Tips for Mexican chilli spice mixes:

If you buy a Mexican spice mix, you should find out about the Scoville content of the chilies it contains! Our mix uses ancho chillies, which is a very mild variety.

First dose the fiery spice mixture lightly! In this way, you can prevent tears from flowing when you eat the Mexican food that you have lovingly prepared, if the dish is too spicy.

Mexican spice mix composition:

The fixed components of numerous spice mixtures include salt, pepper, chilli, paprika and garlic.

Mexican universal mixes:

Ready-made spices or universal spices for typical Mexican dishes are available in specialist shops. The best-known ready mixes include spice preparations for tacos, tortillas and chili con carne.

In addition to salt, pepper, chilli, paprika and garlic, it usually also contains sugar, mustard seeds, coriander, oregano and thyme. The combination of these spices gives the dishes a typical Mexican character.

If you want to give your palate real pleasure, you can either use special mixes or you can prepare your own mix for typical Mexican dishes.

Special Mexican spice mix composition:

This flavorful special seasoning mixture is a real taste experience, in which, in addition to the basic ingredients, also caraway seeds, thyme, allspice, cloves, bay leaves and rosemary are contained. In addition, onion, chervil, parsley, cardamom, cumin and celery are added to this seasoning mixture.

Mexican spices and uses:

Typical Mexican spices not only give chili con carne, tacos, tortillas and nachos a special touch, you can also prepare a wonderful salsa or guacamole. Mexican spices are also used in domestic kitchens, for example to season gravy, goulash or pork knuckle.

Buy Mexican Spices:

If you want to prepare Mexican dishes yourself, you have the choice between ready-made universal seasoning mixes, special seasoning mixes or you can prepare your own seasoning mix. It is best to buy Mexican spices online in specialist shops, as this is where the selection is greatest.

Mexican spice mixes here in the shop:

  • Mexicomix

    The mixture we offer contains the following ingredients: ancho chilli, paprika, coriander, mustard, Onion, pepper, caraway, garlic, chillies, thyme, marjoram, allspice, lovage, basil, cloves, bay leaves, juniper, rosemary, oregano, celery, Ginger, parsley, nutmeg, chervil, cumin, cardamom, monosodium glutamate, rock salt, rice flour, condiments with ger. Salt, grained yeast broth. Salinity: 5%

    The allergens and the salt content are always marked in bold.

    Mexicomix in the shop

  • Chili powder Tikal

    Wonderfully hot spice mixture based on the Mexican model:

    Ingredients: Ancho chilli, paprika, pimenton (paprika, smoke), coriander, MUSTARD CORN, onion, pepper, chilli, garlic, thyme, cumin, marjoram, allspice, caraway, lovage, basil, oregano, ginger, rock salt, smoked salt (salt , Smoke).
    Salinity: 10%

    Chili powder Tikal »

  • Cajun seasoning

    Ingredients: Black and white pepper, different types of chilli (Cayenne, Ancho, Birdeyes), oregano, thyme, onion, garlic.

    Cajun spice in the shop

  • Chili con carne

    Ingredients: ancho chilli, cumin, coriander, onion, tomato, pimentón de la vera (paprika, smoke), chilli, garlic, oregano, pepper, lovage, rock salt, vegetable stock (spices, table salt, rice flour, smoked salt, glucose, uncured Palm fat). Salinity: 11%

    Chili con carne in the shop

Cajun - Mexican spice mix in taste:

The classic Cajun seasoning mix combines ingredients such as chilli, paprika, sage, fennel and mustard. With this combination of spices you give your dishes an incomparable and exotic note. It is a spirited blend of spices with piquant, sweet and hot aromas.

The Cajun mix goes well with traditional dishes and refines just as much as rustic dishes. Give your marinade that certain something with a little Cajun spice and prepare a crunchy salad with an exotic note.

Ingredients of the Cajun spice preparation:

In addition to black and white pepper, it also contains several types of chilli. Usually the varieties Ancho, Cayenne and Birdeyes are added. Other ingredients are dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic and onion powder.

Taco Mix - Mexican spice mix in taste:

The taste of tacos is a real experience for the palate due to the variety and special selection of spices. The spiciness of the chilli, the piquant note of the noble sweet paprika, the tart cumin and the strong taste of onion and garlic give it that certain something! In addition, coriander and oregano round off the savory Mexican spice mixture in taste.

Ingredients for a Mexican taco spice mix:

  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder, noble sweet
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder

Preparation and storage of the taco seasoning mix:

For this Mexican recipe, mix all the spices together and pour the mixture into a sealable container. Store the taco seasoning mix in a dark and dry place!

Which dishes can you add a Mexican twist to?

The colorful Mexican spices are ideal not only for tacos and tortillas, but also for Mexican bean dishes. With this condiment you can conjure up excellent salsas, season rice and season vegetables spicy.

If you love grilling, marinate your meat in a marinade of oil with Mexican spices and let it soak for several hours. Not only red meat, but also poultry and fish are transformed into a real culinary delight with a hot mixture of spices from the home of chilies!

Another possible use is tasty and savory marinades for salads.

Ingredients of a Mexican universal spice preparation:

  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

If you want to add a bit of spiciness to this mixture, you can grate and fold in a dried chilli pepper.

Preparation and storage:

Mix all the ingredients together well and keep the Mexican universal mixture in a sealable jar (dark and cool).

American Chili Powder Mixture:

This chilli mixture with around 10,000 Scoville is ideal not only for Mexican dishes, but also for dark sauces in local cuisine to give them a pleasant spiciness.

You can also use this spice preparation to give goulash, braised meat and pork knuckles the necessary pep. Taste pies or vegetable dishes with the American Chili Powder mixture and give these dishes the spiciness they need.

Ingredients:

In addition to ancho chillis, jalapeno chipotles and cayenne, it also contains garlic, coriander, cumin and oregano.

Interesting facts about the Mexican recipe chili con carne:

Chili con Carne is a spicy main course made from meat, beans, corn, chili peppers and a range of spicy spices. The origin of this dish is just as unclear as the name and yet many people associate this dish with Mexico.

Chili con carne is part of the Tex-Mex cuisine, which is very popular all over the world. Whether as a hearty main course, party dish or midnight snack - with its hot, spicy, strong and exotic taste, Chili con Carne is sure to delight the palate for young and old!

Ingredients of chili con carne:

Chili con carne is not always the same as chili con carne! You will find a variety of delicious recipes, but these only have the following two ingredients: meat and chilli. While some swear by ground beef or diced meat, others opt for beef, pork or game. It is not uncommon for different types of meat to be combined.

Another distinguishing feature is the chilli variety. The pea-sized chiltepin, which in all probability were already used in the original recipes, is used in many recipes. The varieties Jalapeño, Ancho and Pasilla are also popular. Since the fruity taste evaporates quickly when cooked, habaneros are less common in chili con carne recipes.

Chilies are used either fresh, dried, in powder form or in the form of Mexican spice mixtures. Typical spices in Tex-Mex cuisine include cumin and oregano, which can also be found in numerous recipes.

Other flavoring ingredients for chilli recipes are pepper, onion, and garlic. Many a cook swears by the addition of coriander and bay leaves and pepper.

Shortly before the end of the cooking time, cocoa, chocolate, honey or sugar ensure a round taste. If you choose cocoa or chocolate, the chili con carne will get a brownish color.

Texas Style Chili con Carne does not contain beans, while other recipe variations contain pinto beans or black beans.

Chili con carne was once a food for poor people because it boiled beans instead of meat. The reason for this was that beans were much cheaper than meat and the protein content of beans is high.

Preparation of chilli con carne:

Peel and chop the garlic. Cut the peppers and chilli into small cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and lightly roast the onion and garlic. After a minute, add the small diced paprika and roast them with it.

Add the minced meat and stir in the paprika powder. Pour the mixture with canned tomatoes and soup.

For the typical Mexican note, season your chili con carne with paprika powder, chili, thyme, salt and pepper and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. You can cook bay leaves and coriander as you like. Shortly before the end of the cooking time, add the corn and beans, depending on the recipe.

Chili sin carne:

Chili sin Carne is a vegetarian chili for vegetarians or vegans. In some recipes, the meat is simply exchanged for a meat substitute. Vegetables, tofu or soy are alternatives for the meat.

So that vegetarians do not have to forego the typical Mexican taste, Mexican spice mixtures or special chilli-seasoning combinations are ideal.

Salsa:

A salsa is a hot sauce. Mexican salsas are also widespread in Europe and if you want to prepare this excellent hot sauce yourself, we have attached a delicious recipe.

Salsas go well with nachos, tortillas, bread chips, noodles, and raw vegetables.

Salsa - Mexican spice mix Ingredients and preparation:

Score 500 grams of tomatoes crosswise and place the tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds. Remove the tomatoes and peel them.

Dice the red beefsteak tomatoes and add a few drops of lime juice and 5 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the tomato pieces drizzled with lime juice with the Mexican spice mixture. In addition to chili powder, black pepper and coriander, it also contains salt. In addition, garlic powder should not be missing.

Alternatively, you can prepare the specified spice mixture from two fresh onions, a bunch of coriander and two cloves of garlic. To do this, chop the fresh ingredients into small pieces.

Before serving, the salsa should be covered for at least two hours so that the flavors can fully unfold.

Guacamole - Mexican Spice Mix Ingredients:

A guacamole is a salsa with avocado. Guacamole is not only a tasty spread, but also a delicious dip and an excellent accompaniment to tacos, tortillas, salads and vegetables. Guacamole goes perfectly with grilled meat and therefore this salsa with avocado should not be missing at any barbecue party. Prepare the guacamole like a salsa and add mashed avocados.