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 sealable jar, close with a lid and shake to mix. 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 according to your taste.
Store the mixture in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dry place.
Recipe source: family recipe.