Mexican Oregano

Mexican Oregano
Mexican Oregano
Mexican Oregano Mexican Oregano
100259 001
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1.2 oz
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Despite its name, Mexican Oregano is a member of the Verbenaceae family and not botanically related to oregano. Mexican Oregano has an intense, pungent aroma of pepper, grass, and hay. It has a pleasantly bitter, peppery flavor with distinct citrusy high notes and subtle hints of lime and licorice. Mexican oregano has 3% to 4% essential oil, which is about twice as much as standard oregano, helping to explain its overt pungency. While it has been slow to catch on, Mexican Oregano has become better known in this country with the increasing popularity of Latin, Mexican and South American cuisines.

Mexican Oregano doesn't have quite as colorful a history as many of the region's chile peppers, but it has been in use for hundreds of years, both for cooking and as a major component in folk medicine. It reputedly could cure headaches or symptoms of PMS, and as a tea could expel stomach worms. More recently, Mexican oregano has received attention because of its phytochemical contents. There has been a renewed interest in the flavonoids of plants in the last few years. Flavonoids are plant metabolites that may give some health benefits through cell signaling pathways and antioxidants, which helps us understand how this herb could be adopted for use as a folk remedy.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Use this in traditional Latin dishes like the spicy meatball dish albondigas or the Cuban braised stew ropa vieja. Mexican Oregano goes very well with beans so use in bean-centered dishes like refritos or charros. It lends authentic flavor to burritos or tamales, and can be used in salsas, whether they are cooked or uncooked. It can withstand longer cooking times and hold its own against strong flavors, so try it in meaty braises like carne asada or tomatoey chicken tinga. It’s also excellent with eggs and cheese, so sprinkle some in a Southwestern omelet or add to the enchilada sauce for savory breakfast chilaquiles.

Mexican Oregano can overpower a dish if there is too much present. Taste as you go, and use thoughtfully.

This herb can be substituted 1:1 with dried Greek oregano, though the flavor from the Greek Oregano will be much less pronounced. You could also try marjoram with a pinch of coriander. Mexican Oregano, with its pungent nature, is not a preferred substitute for Greek Oregano.

Our Mexican Oregano is grown in Mexico.

This product is certified kosher.


Hungry for more information?

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.6g0%

Dietary Fiber0.4g1%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.9 out of 5
31 total ratings.

DAVID P. (Verified buyer) 09/09/2021
I ran across several recipes I ran across several recipes that called for Mexican oregano and in my ignorance I just substituted European oregano. That was OK but the actual Mexican type was a revelation. It is a totally different plant with a very lively flavor and it has enhanced every dish that I have used it in.

Vicki N. (Verified buyer) 08/11/2021
I did not know about I did not know about the different Oregano's till I started cooking authentic Mexican dishes. I love them and this is a great addition to your recipe even if its not Mexican just for the flavor. The quality of Spices,inc products is second to none!

Bill W. (Verified buyer) 04/19/2021
Simply Excellent Great aroma and flavor. We use this herb in our own chili pepper powder blend and it gives an excellent boost to our cooking.

Linda G. (Verified buyer) 04/12/2021
Good Buy And Top Quality Spice Excellent flavor 😋 we use oregano oil made with your oregano and avacado oil on most of our meals. Very tasty and expeditious 👍

Ralph A. (Verified buyer) 04/08/2021
Very oreganoish Very oreganoish

Rene H. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2021
Definitely different from regular oregano. Definitely different from regular oregano. Will use this in all my Mexican recipes.

Debbie C. (Verified buyer) 02/23/2021
Great company with great products. I have been very pleased with my Spice, Inc. purchases. Their spices are excellent, their prices fair, and their service exemplary. They have even sent a bonus sample with my orders. Any company that follows this Baker's Dozen philosophy, carries quality product, and has timely shipping is one I can confidently recommend.

Cathy Z. (Verified buyer) 12/09/2020
Perfect Delicious and very different from Mediterranean oregano. A must for Mexican dishes.

Allison M. (Verified buyer) 12/07/2020
Wonderful quality Freshness is obvious from the scent, taste, and liveliness of the flakes themselves when you pour them into a dish. Generous quantity in the bottle. Great stuff.

Tami S. (Verified buyer) 08/02/2020
Great Mexican oregano and plenty Great Mexican oregano and plenty of it.
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