For the past two months I’ve been on a “lose a-hell-of-a-lotta weight before the wedding” diet. I’m the type of person that has to eat tasty and flavourful food all the time as bland foods just make me want to rebel and eat chips (anyone else like me?). As a result I’ve been testing out a plethora of healthy midweek meals and its been going pretty well! One of the reasons is that each week we’ve been making a healthy burrito bowl – Mexican chili spice mix grilled chicken, avocado, guacamole, corn salsa, lettuce and yoghurt (to replace the sour cream).
Now, there are moments where I raise my hand and admit to shortcuts I take when cooking, and this is one of those moments. To make the spiced chicken, I’ve been buying those little burrito seasoning packets… you know the ones from THAT brand. I’m my defence, the guac and corn salsa have been made from scratch but my reason for packet seasoning has largely been due to lack of time.
Looking at the back of the seasoning packet the other day, I saw letters and numbers I couldn’t recognise… which was enough to make me hit the supermarket immediately and make a MASSIVE batch of my own seasoning that only had ingredients and not numbers!
Now, I’m still time poor lets not forget, so instead of buying the seeds whole and toasting and grinding my own mix, I’m giving you a simple and easy version with largely powdered spices to make the whole process quicker which means my burrito bowl and spiced chicken wings recipes (coming soon to Chew Town) are closer to hand.
It’s sorta not even a recipe really. It’s just a list of ingredients that you mix together et voila! Now, we like things HOT HOT HOT, so if you aren’t into heat, then simply half the powdered chili component and use less of the spice. You’ll still love it – I promise you.
Mexican Chili Spice Mix
- 4 tablespoons chili powder*
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons ground coriander
- 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Place in an airtight container and store somewhere cool.
This spice mix will last for a very long time. Over time, spices will only just lose their potency but as a general rule, for maximum potency, ground spices last 2-3 years and dried herbs last between 1-2 years.
*halve the chili powder if you don't like too much chili.