Jalapeno seasoning is really quick and easy to make at home and will add superb flavours and mouthwatering aromas to your home cooking. Of course, you're going to need dried jalapeno peppers for the real thing, but if you don't have them, other varieties could be used in their place. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)
A handful of dried jalapeno peppers (about 12-15)
2 tbsp Hungarian paprika powder (or regular paprika)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
4 tsp dried basil
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp salt (see note 2)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight and use within 3 months.
Note: For fab flavours and mouthwatering aromas, consider dry toasting the whole spices and pepper pieces for a few minutes prior to grinding. Click here for further info. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: You could use any salt for this jalapeno seasoning, however, I do recommend using a good quality salt: sea/rock/kosher etc as these are a bit less processed and I think add better flavours to your seasonings and therefore your home cooking. However you can use good old table salt (as I sometimes do) if that's all you have available.
Ingredient Note: As well as whole peppers I also use a few other whole spices for this recipe. If you don't have them all, use powders and reduce the amounts you add by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use about 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
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