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Southwestern Seasoning, Easy Delicious Recipe

My South­west­ern Sea­son­ing is an easy, deli­cious south­west spice blend that adds explo­sive fla­vor to your favorite south­west inspired dishes. 

Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar and spilling out of a measuring spoon on a concrete counter top
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It’s no secret how much I love cre­at­ing my own spice mix­es. Home­made sea­son­ing mix­es can be cus­tomized to your spe­cif­ic needs. And home­made spice mix­es are free of the fillers you find in com­mer­cial brands.

Use my mouth­wa­ter­ing spice blend to amp up the fla­vor in your favorite Mex­i­can and South­west­ern dish­es. Think tacos, chimichangas, pin­to beans, South­west sal­ad dress­ing, bur­ri­tos, soup, sal­sa, South­west Sauce and so much more! 

Savory and herba­ceous with a healthy dose of heat, this home­made South­west sea­son­ing recipe wak­ens your palate and tempts you to take “just one more bite”! So good!

What Is Southwest Flavor?

The Amer­i­can South­west is both geo­graph­i­cal and cul­tur­al. It includes Ari­zona and New Mex­i­co, but also por­tions of states that touch their bor­ders at some point. Think Cal­i­for­nia, Col­orado, Neva­da, Okla­homa, Texas and Utah. 

Take the cul­tur­al food influ­ences of Span­ish con­quis­ta­dors explor­ing South Amer­i­ca and those of Mex­i­can and Native Amer­i­can soci­eties. Then mix those up with that of cow­boys and West­ern set­tlers who moved into the regions. The result is a melt­ing pot of food tra­di­tions we often call southwestern.

Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar on a concrete counter top

When I think of South­west sea­son­ing or food, the first thing that comes to mind is chilis. Pep­pers from mild to hot are com­mon ingre­di­ents in south­west cui­sine. Hatch pep­pers, jalapenos, poblano pep­pers, cayenne pep­per, chipo­tle pow­der, ancho chili pow­der and more are fre­quent­ly used in south­west dish­es. So, I def­i­nite­ly had to choose chilis for my home­made south­west sea­son­ing recipe.

But, south­west spice isn’t all about pep­pers. South­west spices include cin­na­mon, oregano, corian­der, gar­lic, cumin and cilantro, too. Sev­er­al make their way into my south­west­ern seasoning.

South­west spices are some of my favorites for not only bring­ing heat, but warm south­west­ern fla­vor to many of our fam­i­ly’s favorite meals.

What Can I Use Southwestern Seasoning In?

The list of dish­es and recipes that can be enhanced by South­west­ern Sea­son­ing is long. I real­ly look at this South­west Spice Blend as an all-pur­pose Mex­i­can food, and South­west food, sea­son­ing. And I use it in my kitchen every week. 

southwest chicken slad with southwest dressing
My South­west Chick­en Sal­ad with South­west Dressing.

If I’m out of taco sea­son­ing or faji­ta sea­son­ing, it does­n’t mat­ter. This go-to south­west spice blend does it all.

I use it in soup, sal­ad dress­ing, eggs, tacos, bur­ri­tos, chimichangas and que­sadil­las. It’s fan­tas­tic on grilled chick­en. roast­ed pork 

I also sea­son pork, chick­en and beef for the slow cook­er with this tasty sea­son­ing blend. 

slow cooker southwest chicken stored in a refrigerator container for meal prep throughout the week
My Easy South­west Chick­en Recipe pre­pared and ready for a week of meal prep.

South­west­ern Sea­son­ing takes sum­mer veg­eta­bles to a whole new lev­el of scrump­tious fla­vor. Add it to grilled veg­etable med­leys or corn salad. 

South­west spice blend is fan­tas­tic in taco dip, mayo and aioli, sal­sa and sauces, too.

The Ingredients

Southwest Seasoning Blend ingredients
  • Chipo­tle Chili Pow­der (Com­mon in south­west sea­son­ing along with hot­ter chilis. This is a good bal­ance of heat for my family.)
  • Smoked Papri­ka — You can use reg­u­lar papri­ka. Smoked just enhances the smok­i­ness of chipotles.
  • Ground Cumin
  • Gar­lic Powder
  • Dried Oregano — I use Mex­i­can Oregano [affil­i­ate link], but com­mon oregano works just as well.
  • Kosher Salt — If sub­bing table salt, use only half as much.
  • Ground Corian­der
  • Onion Pow­der
  • Ground Black Pepper

Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar on a concrete counter top

What Is Chipotle Chili Powder?

Chipo­tle pep­pers are sim­ply jalapenos that have been smoked and then dried. The pow­dered form of those smoky dried jalapenos is called chipo­tle chili pow­der or chipo­tle pow­der. It’s per­fect in this fla­vor­ful South­west seasoning.

I almost nev­er have cayenne pep­per in my pantry, though it is com­mon in spici­er ver­sions of South­west sea­son­ing. I do, how­ev­er, always have chipo­tle pow­der. It is my go-to for most of our favorite dish­es that have a spicy kick.

Ser­ra­no and/or Cayenne pep­per can be any­where from 3 to 10 times more hot than jalapenos. So, espe­cial­ly when we’re cook­ing for lit­tles, I tend to use more poblano and jalapeno range heat in our spicy dishes.

marble counter top with a pile of Mexican oregano next to a pile of Mediterranean oregano

Oregano vs Mexican Oregano

Can I just use plain oregano, instead of Mex­i­can oregano in South­west sea­son­ing?

Yes. If you don’t have Mex­i­can oregano in your pantry, reg­u­lar oregano can be substituted.

I use Mex­i­can oregano in my South­west­ern Sea­son­ing. If you don’t usu­al­ly keep that on hand, you can def­i­nite­ly sub in reg­u­lar oregano.

The oregano we’re all accus­tomed to is a Mediter­ranean plant that has been eas­i­ly prop­a­gat­ed in North and South Amer­i­ca, too. It’s part of the mint fam­i­ly. This famil­iar oregano is very slight­ly sweet sweet, and depend­ing on where its grown, may also have under­tones of bit­ter and pepper.

Mex­i­can oregano is actu­al­ly from the ver­be­na fam­i­ly. It’s a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent species of plant. It has bright cit­rus notes mixed with anise (licorice). It’s more flo­ral than Mediter­ranean oregano.

Choose the one that works best for your own fam­i­ly and kitchen.

Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar and spilling out of a measuring spoon on a concrete counter top

Substituting Table Salt for Kosher Salt

For gen­er­al pur­pos­es, think of table salt being twice as strong as kosher salt when used in equal measures. 

If you sub­sti­tute table salt in this recipe, use only half as much as what’s called for with kosher salt. Oth­er­wise your sea­son­ing will be too salty.

Can I Make Southwest Seasoning Less Spicy?

Can I make South­west Sea­son­ing Less Spicy?

Yes. Try sub­sti­tut­ing a milder chili pow­der like ancho chili pow­der. It is sweet­er and milder than chipo­tle powder.

Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar on a concrete counter top

How to Make Southwestern Seasoning

  1. Place Chipo­tle Chili Pow­der, Smoked Papri­ka, Ground Cumin, Gar­lic Pow­der, Dried Oregano, Kosher Salt, Ground Corian­der, Onion Pow­der and Ground Black Pep­per into a bowl and stir them to even­ly dis­trib­ute each ingre­di­ent. You can also put all the ingre­di­ents into a spice grinder or smooth­ie blender and blitz them to blend them evenly.
  2. As with all spice and herbs, store the south­west spice blend in an air­tight con­tain­er in a cool cup­board out of direct sun­light. It should last a year, though I can’t imag­ine it last­ing that long.
  3. Use South­west Sea­son­ing in all your favorite Mex­i­can and south­west­ern recipes.
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Southwest Seasoning Blend in a jar and spilling out of a measuring spoon on a concrete counter top

Southwestern Seasoning

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 2/3 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


South­west­ern Sea­son­ing is an easy, deli­cious south­west spice blend that adds explo­sive fla­vor to your favorite south­west inspired dish­es. It’s my go-to all pur­pose Mex­i­can and south­west sea­son­ing.  Think tacos, chimichangas, pin­to beans, sal­ad dress­ing, bur­ri­tos, soup, sauces, sal­sa, mayo and so much more!


  • 2 Table­spoons chipo­tle chili powder
  • 2 Table­spoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Table­spoons ground cumin
  • 1 Table­spoon gar­lic powder
  • 1 Table­spoon dried oregano
  • 1 Table­spoon kosher salt
  • 2 tea­spoons ground corian­der
  • 2 tea­spoons onion pow­der
  • 1 tea­spoon ground black pepper


  1. Stir all the ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a small bowl.  Take care to be sure all the ingre­di­ents are even­ly dis­trib­uted..  (It is def­i­nite­ly not nec­es­sary, but I like to use a blender or smooth­ie blender to blitz the spices togeth­er and make sure all the ingre­di­ents are a uni­form pow­der consistency.)
  2. Store South­west­ern sea­son­ing in an air­tight con­tain­er in a cool dry place.  It should last up to one year.
  • Prep Time: 5 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 0 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Sea­son­ings, Spice Blends
  • Method: cold prep
  • Cui­sine: South­west

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12 thoughts on “Southwestern Seasoning, Easy Delicious Recipe”

  1. Love, love, love this. I love to cook, but am often impa­tient when I have to grab and mea­sure so many spice bot­tles for a com­plex dish. I will def­i­nite­ly be using this spice blend when­ev­er I have a han­ker­ing to make taco sal­ad, Tex Mex casse­role, or tostadas. Thanks for a sim­ple and straight­for­ward recipe.

    • Rebekah, it’s my plea­sure! And I 100% agree. One bot­tle of sea­son­ing when I’m in a hur­ry, beats open­ing and mea­sur­ing all the indi­vid­ual ingredients!


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