New Mexico Chile Spice Blends

Chile Spice blends made with New Mexico red and green chile powders |


What do you do when you find yourself with over two pounds of New Mexico red chile powder and almost a pound of green chile powder?  Just to put this into perspective, a typical large jar of chile powder that you buy at the store is between 1.6 to 2.0 ounces (16 ounces = 1 pound). So 48 ounces of chile powder is a lot!  Yes, I do go through quite a bit of chile powder, but, like most herbs and spices….if you keep it too long, it loses its punch.  Thus the motivation to create these chile spice blends – a red and a green.

The Green Chile Spice is a blend of mild and hot New Mexico green chile powder with a variety spices and herbs.  The Red Chile Spice is a blend of New Mexico red chile powders, a couple of other chile powders, spices, and herbs. The red chile powders that I used are from Diaz Farms and Dixon. The green chile powders are from Diaz Farms and Chimayo Chile Brothers.  As I’ve mentioned before, not all chile powders are alike, so using powders from different parts of the state or from around the world for that matter, yields some very interesting chile spice blends.

Both chile spice blends can be used in a variety of ways.

  • Sprinkle on eggs, pizza, sandwiches, salads
  • Add to scrambled eggs and omelets (such as Migas)
  • Add to soups, chowders, and stews
  • Toss with roasted or sauteed vegetables
  • Use in place of red chile powder for a red chile sauce
  • Spice up sauces like bechamel, remoulade, hollandaise, and BBQ
  • Add to salad dressing
  • The red chile blend makes a great rub for beef, pork and poultry
  • Add some of the green spice blend to gucamole’ and chile con queso
  • Let’s not forget bread – add to biscuits, flatbreads, yeast breads and rolls
  • Use in place of salt and pepper for just about everything!
  • Grilled Corn with Red Chile Spice

Oh … and they make great gifts. 🙂

One of two chile spice blends made with New Mexico green chile powder and other spices and herbs #chile #spice @mjskitchen |

One of two chile spice blends made with New Mexico red chile powder and other spices and herbs @mjskitchen |


Spice blends made with red and green chile powders, a variety of spices and herbs |


Kitchen Notes for Chile Spice Blends (Red and Green)

Chile Powders – Here’s where you can go wild and have fun.  I, of course, am partial to New Mexico chile powders, however, there are so many chile powders out there that it’s fun to mix and match a variety of chile.  Because it’s a spice blend, you don’t have to worry as much about getting it too hot.  I actually found it was more of a problem getting it hot enough.  The green chile powder definitely needed a little more heat and thus the Pimente x Bhut, a really HOT chile powder that I got from Fords Fiery Foods and Plants.

Here are some sources for New Mexico Red and Green Chile Powders.

Sea Salt – Because the chile powders are ground so fine, it’s best to use a fine ground sea salt as well.  This allows the salt and the powders to blend better and not separate during use.

The Herbs – Oregano was a no brainer for the red chile, but I had to do some testing for the right herb for the green chile powder.  The thyme worked great, but then, just on a whim, I tried it with lemon thyme. Bingo! However, I know unless you grow it, you’re not going to be able to find dried lemon thyme, so don’t hesitate to use regular thyme.  In fact, in order to get that hint lemon, you could substitute one teaspoon of the sea salt with a lemon infused sea salt.

Garlic and Onion Powders – Be sure to use “powders” and not “salts”.

I keep these Chile Spice Blends in my handy dandy spice draw just below my stovetop, that way, they are within a finger’s reach.  Because of this, my salt and pepper shakers are getting dusty. 🙂


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59 Responses to “New Mexico Chile Spice Blends”

  1. The Wimpy Vegetarian July 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    I’m going to have to make these blends! I love making my own spice blends!!

    • mj July 22, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      They are really great blends! I ALWAYS add the green chile blend to scrambled eggs and the red chile blend to everything else. 🙂

  2. Deb|EastofEdenCooking December 27, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    The lavish Chile Spice Blends evoke my treasured memories of visiting New Mexico at Christmas. What a wonderful home made gift idea!

    • mj December 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

      Thanks so much Deb!

  3. ChgoJohn December 19, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    This post is going straight to my Spice Blends board. I don’t know if my palate is quite ready for them but it will be one day and I’ll know where to find them. 🙂 Thanks, MJ.
    BTW, 2 pounds?!?!?!?

    • mj December 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks John! I do hope you try them some day. The red would be especially good sprinkled on top of one of your wonderful pastas. 🙂 Yes, 2 pounds! 🙂

  4. Roxy December 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    I would just like to add a note, since I am a big fan (and New Mexican) of green and red chile powders. I found that by putting the powders and my spice blends in the freezer after use, keeps the chile brighter and will stay fresher.

    Viva New Mexico!

    • mj December 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      Thanks Roxy! You are so right about freezing! I always freeze excess flours and cornmeals but I haven’t thought of freezing chile powders. Well, they are in the freezer now! 🙂

  5. Katerina December 18, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Homemade is always the best, especially when it comes to spices where you don’t know what on earth industry has put in them!

    • mj December 18, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Totally agree Katerina! Usually too much salt and too much of the “unknown”. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  6. Nads December 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I love this!! I’ve been making my own red chile blend for chili for YEARS. I especially like the green chile blend you made. I still have a good deal of the green chile powder you gave me but every time I’ve used it I’ve thought it needed an extra punch. Now I know what to do! Thank you!!! Btw – I got a mysterious delivery today from Season with Spice. Know anything about that??? XOXOX

    • mj December 18, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      I was wondering if you still had some of that green chile powder. 🙂 I really like you would like this blend. For the extra hot, maybe a little cayenne, since I know you have some of that? Mysterious delivery…sounds delightful. I wonder who it’s from. 🙂 I know how you guys like your salt. Enjoy!

      • Nads December 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

        I haven’t opened the mystery package yet. It is under the tree. I will ignore the spoiler comment you made. Love you.

        • mj December 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

          WHOOPS! 🙂

  7. easyfoodsmith December 17, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    Home made spice mixes are THE best. And you certainly have done fabulous job using up those chili powders. Great post MJ.

    • mj December 18, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks Darlin!

  8. Sanjeeta KK December 17, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    What a lovely spice-mix…and equally beautiful are those tiny bottles!

    • mj December 18, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks so much Sanjeeta!

  9. Joyti December 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Wow, both of these sound wonderful! And not all full of salt like the store-bought version.

    • mj December 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks Joyti! Yes, I did reduce the salt because I have found some blends way too salty.

  10. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen December 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    I wonder if they have red and green chile powder at the grocery here!

    • mj December 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      If they do, it’s probably not from New Mexico.:)

  11. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Oh my, that is a lot of chile powder :D. What a clever application MJ and so many enticing ideas for using these lovely spice blends. Love your jars — those chunky wooden lids are great and I would most certainly be delighted to receive these as a gift any time of year!

    • mj December 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Kelly! Like I mentioned in an earlier comment, I’ve had a set of those jars for 40 years! They were in a spice rack we received as a wedding present. Some of the wooden lids have cracked and I’ve lost most of the plastic inserts for sprinkling, but I still have a few jars in good shape. A good quality product, obviously. 🙂

  12. Raymund December 15, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    This would go well on pizza, marinades and soups

    • mj December 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Absolutely Raymund! We actually bought a takeout pizza for the first time in ages the other night and the red chile spice was a pizza saver. 🙂

  13. Thalia @ butter and brioche December 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    I’ve never made my own spice blends before… what a fantastic idea! I have a feeling that they would make great holiday gifts too!

    • mj December 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      thanks Thalia! This spice blend is so easy to make because the ingredients are so accessible. However,there are blends that have such specialized ingredients, that I prefer just buying them. 🙂

  14. Nina Phomina December 14, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    I am a big fan of homemade seasonings. No doubt, I have to make these blends. Thanks for shearing, MJ! And have a wonderful and delicious Christmas!

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks Nina! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well!

  15. Caroline @ Shrinking Single December 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Problem solved for what to get my very difficult to buy for Mum! Thank you.

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      Great! So glad to have been able to assist you. 🙂

  16. Debra December 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    You know I am all over this!!!!!!!

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      Another gift idea for your HUGE list!

  17. Sissi December 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    What a fantastic idea to make your own spice blends! Such a wonderful Christmas gift! (I must also add it to my list of suggested presents guests can bring at any time of the year instead of flowers which I HATE 😉 ).

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks Sissi! These do make great gifts any time of the year!

  18. Ramona December 13, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Love these spice blends. I would totally use these all the time. 🙂

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      I know I use them all of the time. Thanks!

  19. Dedy@Dentist Chef December 13, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    if you think it’s too much to handle by yourself, i really glad accept it from you my dear friends!!!
    lovin chilli all the way….

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      I would love to share with you Dedy!

  20. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey December 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    This spice blend sounds phenomenal! I can use this on everything!!!

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Definitely Renee! Thanks!

  21. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I can imagine a lot of your friends will be getting these Chile Spice Blend, wow that is a lot. They both look very tasty and perfect for so many dishes.

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      I use them all of the time Evelyne! Saves opening a bunch of different jars. 🙂

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    You ARE the spice queen and it would be very special to be on your gift list. 🙂 I love those bottles, did you find them locally?

    • mj December 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      I do like my chile Maureen! 🙂 Funny story about those bottles…they were part of a Spice rack that we received as a wedding gift 40 years ago!!! Obviously a good quality gift. 🙂

  23. Carol at Wild Goose Tea December 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    You always have THE most fun posts. Maybe because I am not up to speed with the kinds of wonderful dishes and knowledge your share with us all.
    Yes, these would make super gifts. Thanx for the idea!

    • mj December 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Thanks so much Carol! Of course I think you have extremely fun posts with all of your storytelling!

  24. Lori December 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    I can taste the goodness just by looking at them.

    • mj December 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks Lori!

  25. John@Kitchen Riffs December 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Great idea to make these blends! Great gifts, of course, but I’d be gifting myself these. 😉 Particularly since in so many dishes I use more the less the exact ingredients that are in the blends! Good post — thanks.

    • mj December 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      Well, Merry Christmas John! I’m glad I came up with an idea that you want for yourself. 🙂 Yep…the ingredients were formed by thinking about what I normally add to dishes in which I use chile powder. 🙂 Thanks!

  26. Angie@Angie's Recipes December 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    They make a great holiday present! Love your spice bottles, MJ.

    • mj December 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Angie! I have to admit that those bottles are about 30 years old! 🙂 Because I liked them so much I never threw them out and here I am using them. 🙂

  27. Laura @ Family Spice December 11, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I love homemade gifts. What a great idea and cute bottles, too!

    • mj December 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks so much Laura!


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