Spice Cuisine: Mexican Spices and Seasonings

Mexico is the indigenous home to several important members of the herb and spice trade: vanilla (vanilla orchids), chocolate (cacao plants) and chiles all come from within its borders. Although the demand for these products has spread their growth and processing to many locations, they all originated in Mexico.

When you think about the Americanized version of Mexican cooking, things like tacos, fajitas and enchiladas come to mind. However, these dishes are prepared differently in Mexican kitchens. Distinct regions of Mexico focus their culinary attention on beef, chicken and seafoods. Most Mexican cuisine can be traced back to Native American Aztec and Mayan traditions, as well as Spanish colonial influences, resulting in a prevalence of corn, bean and rice based dishes.

The spices posted below are a jumping off point for creating authentic Mexican dishes. Many of the chiles and spices recommended by our local expert, chef Rick Bayless (host to PBS show "Mexico One Plate at a time", as well as author of a number of Mexican cookbooks and owner of--along with his wife Deann--Frontera Grill and Topolobampo Restaurant), can be found here.

Adobo Seasoning, Regular or Salt-Free

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Adobo Seasoning is an authentic Mexican spice mixture traditionally used for South of the Border flavor. Flavorful, but not too hot, this blend wil…

Aleppo Pepper

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Aleppo chili pepper comes to us from southern Turkey, near the Syrian town of Aleppo, which is considered one of the culinary meccas of the Mediterra…

Annato Seeds

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Annato seed is also known as achiote. This seed grows on the annato tree. It is used primarily in Mexican and Caribbean cooking to impart a rich ye…

Ancho Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Ancho peppers are the dried version of Poblano, or "people" peppers. Their flavor is somewhat sweet and somewhat raisin-like, with medium heat. The o…

Meco Brown Chipotle Chile Peppers

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Brown Chipotle chiles are a medium heat, 4-6 on a scale of 10. Underneath the smokey flavor lies a grassy, light-spicy fruitiness. They are larger …

Guajillo Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Guajillo chile peppers are very common to Mexican cooking. To quote our local chile expert, Rick Bayless, "These are workhorse chiles with a lot of …

Jalapeno Chile Peppers, Diced Pieces Or Ground

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Jalapeno peppers are probably the most popular of the chile pepper family, due to its flavorful heat. Our diced jalapeno has most of the hot inner s…

Morita Black-and-Red Whole Dried Chipotle Chile Peppers

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Black and Red Chipotle chiles average around a 6 on the 1-10 heat scale. These chiles, nicknamed "Morita" are more attractive than the brown chipotl…

Pasilla Negro Chile Peppers

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Pasilla chiles have a long, purple pod similar to ancho chile peppers. Pasillas are one of the most popular chiles. Pasilla teams with ancho and mul…

Chile de Arbol Peppers

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Chile De Arbol Peppers are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod. The Spanish translation of the name means "treelike." These b…

Chili Con Carne Seasoning

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The most exciting chili mix North of the Pecos! We've mixed in about 15% rich red tomato powder, to make your chili thick & sweet. We also added spi…

Chili Powder, Mild, Medium, Or Hot

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Chili powder is useful in many applications, and you won't be disappointed with The Spice House chili powders! We use ancho chile as the base for our…

Morita Ground Chipotle Chile Peppers

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This rich, deep red powder has all the smokey heat of whole chipotle peppers , but is much easier to use in most dishes. A sprinkle adds a kick of f…

Canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

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These chipotle peppers are soft and ready to use to add smokey heat to any dish. Chop or puree them into sauces, add to marinades and vegetable dish…

Chorizo Mexican Sausage Seasoning Blend

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With this spicy blend of traditional Mexican flavors you’ll be making bold, fresh Mexican sausage in minutes. All you’ll need is 2 TBS chorizo se…

Cilantro

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Cilantro is the world's most frequently used herb, although is is only beginning to come into its own in this country. Also known as "Chinese parsle…

Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, Whole or Ground

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Cinnamomum zeylanicum These tightly-rolled quills are very delicate. They feel like parchment paper, which you can break apart with your fingertips…

Coriander Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Coriander is a pleasantly sweet spice with a lemony top note. It is commonly used in chili and curry dishes. The coriander plant produces both a spic…

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

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Our Crushed Red Pepper Flakes are medium hot, but not overwhelming, and add a nice chile flavor to any dish. Approximately 20,000 heat units, these …

Indian Cumin Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Cumin is a crucial ingredient in several world cuisines. It has a unique and potent flavor crucial to Indian curries, where it's often roasted before…

Epazote

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Epazote is common to Mexican cooking. While fresh epazote should be your first choice, it is often difficult to find. When substituting our dried he…

Fajita Seasoning

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Fajita Seasoning makes a wonderful south-of-the-border marinade with full flavor, but not a lot of heat. This blend is a very good all-purpose season…

New Mexican Green Chile Powder

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This is the rare green chile famous throughout New Mexico! The green chile is picked early in its ripening stage to preserve its green color. It is a…

Mexican Oregano, Broken Leaf or Powdered

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This type of oregano, grown in Mexico or California, has a very different flavor than the Mediterranean oregano - stronger and more bitter. More robu…

Pilsen Latino Seasoning

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Pilsen Latino Seasoning is an Hispanic adobo seasoning with a nice little kick to it. This blend of spices is great on pork ribs or chops, chicken or…

Sunny Oaxaca Ancho-Coffee Rub

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This wake-me-up blend makes a delicious seared crust for what is known as a Cowboy Steak, which also can later turn into Cowboy Steak Chili. Great sa…

Taco Nacho Salad Seasoning Spice Blend

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Taco Nacho Salad Seasoning is a cheese and spice mixture with a popular Mexican flavor combination necessary to produce an authentic taco salad or ta…

Taco Seasoning

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Taco Seasoning makes hamburger meat into authentically flavored taco or burrito meat. It also works great for ground turkey, chicken, pork or steak t…

Mexican Vanilla Beans

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Mexico has always had the reputation for the best vanilla, but it is much more difficult and expensive to produce the highest quality vanilla crops.…