½ tsp ground dried oregano
½ - 1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp paprika powder (mild or hot)
Place all the ingredients in a small sealable jar, close with a lid and shake to mix (see the picture below). Use the mixture to season various Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, like tortilla filling.
If you are using whole cumin seeds, toast them lightly in a dry pan before grinding into powder.
Powdered cayenne pepper may be replaced with whole dried/smoked chilli peppers ground to powder (eg chipotle, ancho, pasilla, mulato, etc).
Adjust the spiciness of the seasoning mix by increasing or reducing the amount of pepper/chilli according to your taste.
Store the mixture in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dry place.
Recipe source: family recipe.