Bold. A bit spicy. Homemade deliciousness in a jar. Yes, it’s Tex-Mex seasoning of which we speak! This amazing mixture has just the right amount of kick... and contains zero sugar and artificial flavorings. Who’s ready for Taco Tuesday?
- 1 tbsp 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp 2 tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp ½ tsp chili flakes
- ½ tsp ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 pinch 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 tbsp 1 tbsp sea salt (optional)
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Making low carb simple
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until thoroughly blended. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- If you use whole seeds, grind in a grinder either in advance or when cooking.
- Keep the spices in a dark, dry and cool/room temperature place. Small tin cans are great.
- Make a big batch to last for 4–6 months; after this the spices will lose some flavor and color. They won't go bad, but will just be less powerful.
We used dried garlic flakes, but you can also use garlic powder. Adding salt, or not, to your spice mix is a matter of choice. Try it with our keto taco shells!
Half teaspoon chili powder
Quarter teaspoon paprika powder
Quarter teaspoons ground cumin
Quarter teaspoon chili flakes
Quarter teaspoon dried oregano
Quarter teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 clove garlic, minced
Quarter teaspoon (optional)
I did not add garlic powder as prefer real garlic, I also didn't add onion powder as used onions within the recipe. Tasted really good and was enough to make up 1 tbsp seasoning
Diet Doctor! Please answer these comments... mine and above! I entered all these ingredients into MFP and it still comes up ridiculously high: Note, I've omitted the chili as I can't eat them, I used a real clove of garlic instead of powder, I've substituted a shallot for onion powder;
2 tsp paprika - 13 calories; carbs 2
2 tsp ground cumin 15 calories, carbs 2
1 clove garlic 4 calories, carb 1
20 grams shallot - 5 calories, carb 1
½ tsp oregano - 2 calories, carb 1
½ tsp black pepper - 3 calories, carb 1
.06 tsp cinnamon - 0 calories, carb 0
1 tbsp salt (? a lot) - 0 calories, carb 0
TOTALS: 42 calories; Carbs - 8
That is a lot of calories and especially a lot of carbs for one serving! Especially if a person is on 20grms carbs or below, which I am.
EXTRA QUERY: how do I know if you answer this question? Unless I check into these comments on a daily basis - can you email me?
This seasoning is meant to be used when doing liberal LCHF and should normally be avoided when eating Keto (you could of course use just a small amount). Orange symbol for the carb count above illustrates liberal LCHF.
More reading about different types of LCHF/Keto can be found here:
Made a 12-serving casserole of the famous Diet Doctor “crack slaw” (using chicken, not ground beef). I didn’t have 75 oz. of cabbage on hand, so I made up the deficit with kale and caulilower. Used 6 tablespoons of the Tex-Mex spice mix, as directed.
The pinch of cinnamon and clove is a nice touch. Also, I used Mexican Oregano, which is a different plant than the more familiar Oregano. Great stuff, thanks.
You indicated this tex mex seasoning recipe if for "Liberal Low Carb"----- However, it is needed in the Keto tex mex casserole. Please advise?
In this case, the carb count is for the entire batch, not just 1 or 2 T that you may use in a recipe.
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There is only a small amount of chili flakes, but I do believe they are important for the flavor of the dish unless you don't like spicy food. The garlic noted is garlic powder. The cloves are a different, aromatic spice, not garlic. I hope this helps.
I agree with Gentiann about not ever using cinnamon or cloves in Tex-Mex recipes.
Chili flakes would be crushed red pepper flakes or something similar.
In the USA, chili powder is ground dried chilis and the spice/heat level can vary widely by brand so if you choose to make your own, adjust the amount to your preference for mild or more spicy.
Thanks for sharing your experience! The salt is optional and can be adjusted to taste.
This would only be 1-2 grams of carbs per teaspoon. You can add up the number of teaspoons the total batch makes and then divide by 8g carbs (the amount for the total batch) to figure out the carb count per teaspoon.
Just a heads up that the salt is completely optional. The recipe team uses this recipe with the listed amount of salt, but you can use less salt if that's what you prefer.
So glad you love it! It's great to make ahead to have on hand for so many things!