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Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by Lisa Johnson
This homemade Southwest Seasoning recipe is quick and easy to make with chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and black pepper. It is the perfect dry rub for shrimp, chicken, salmon, pork, beef, and even vegetables!
This is my go-to seasoning blend to season my Southwest Salmon Bowl, Southwest Pork Chops and Southwest Chicken.
I fell in love with southwest flavors long before I moved to Arizona. The flavors are bold but not overpowering, and add the perfect amount of flavor to your favorite dishes!
What’s in Southwest Seasoning?
- Chili Powder – most jars of chili powder sold at the grocery store are actually a blend of spices, but it is perfect for this mix. Feel free to substitute ancho chili powder or chipotle powder for a smokier seasoning blend.
- Cumin – a ground seed from the parsley family has a unique and distinctive flavor that is earthy, warming, and aromatic.
- Black Pepper – freshly ground is best if possible. Use white pepper to add more heat to the mixture.
- Garlic Powder
- Paprika – you can use regular or smoked depending on your family’s preferences.
- Onion Powder
Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below
How to make Southwest Seasoning Mix
Place all spices in a small bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location for up to one year. Spice blends have the best flavor when used within six months.
Use a funnel to pour the seasoning mix into an empty spice jar.
You can easily adjust the spices to fit your families tastes. Add ground coriander, Mexican oregano, or cayenne pepper for more heat. Play around with the spices until you find your own perfect blend of spices.
More homemade seasoning mixes
- Simple Fajita Seasoning
- Mexican Seasoning
- Cowboy Seasoning Rub
- Cafe Mocha Dry Rub
- Tandoori Spice Mix
- Greek Seasoning Blend
Southwest Seasoning is pretty much my signature spice blend. I use it all of the time, it is the perfect way to season the chicken in my Southwest Chicken Salads.
- Southwest Chicken Salad for Spring with Guacamole Ranch and avocado
- Southwest Chicken Salad for Summer with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing and mango
- Southwest Chicken Salad for Fall with Chipotle Ranch Dressing and roast sweet potato
- Southwest Chicken Salad for Winter with Orange Cilantro Dressing and pomegranate
- And my favorite Southwest Chicken Wraps
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- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder substitute ancho or chipotle
- 1 tablespoon paprika regular or smoked
- 0.5 tablespoon cumin
- 0.5 tablespoon black pepper
- .25 tablespoon sea salt optional
- Place all spices in a small bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location for up to one year. Spice blends have the best flavor when used within six months.
- You can easily adjust the spices to fit your families tastes. Add ground coriander, Mexican oregano, or cayenne pepper for more heat. Play around with the spices until you find your own perfect combination.
- To make seasoning mix in bulk, adjust the serving size x 4.
- I use recycled spice jars to store my seasoning mixes.
- Use a funnel to pour the seasoning mix into an empty spice jar.
I love making my own spice mixes, and using the Archer Farms bottle for your own is genius! Those bottles are so nice. Pinning!
I agree with Marcie, Lisa, great idea on using the bottle! I really need to start mixing up my own spices, this sounds great! Pinning!
Thank you Cindy, I just can’t seem to throw things away. 😉 Making your own seasonings is the perfect way to add or subtract heat, because I am a wuss when it comes to heat!!
I would use this on EVERYTHING! Great idea to recycle those cute jars! 🙂
I should try it on french fries next, I bet that would be good. 😉 I have a problem with throwing things away, I’m convinced that they need to be used for something else, LOL
I love Southwest seasoning and I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to make my own! Pinning for next time I run out, Lisa! Thanks for the recipe!!
This seasoning looks awesome and super yummy! I’m definitely whipping up a batch of this soon! 🙂