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Organic Manzanillo Seasoning

Organic Manzanillo Seasoning
Organic Manzanillo Seasoning
Organic Manzanillo Seasoning Organic Manzanillo Seasoning

Organic Manzanillo Seasoning

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This organic Manzanillo Mexican seasoning, pronounced " "mahn-san- NEE-yoh", is our first organic seasoning blend and was inspired by the resort city of Manzanillo, which is located on the Pacific coast in the Mexican state of Colima. This area is also home to Mexico's busiest seaport and the region boasts 2 bays, Bahía de Manzanillo (bahia means "bay" in Spanish) and Bahía de Santiago. The Manzanillo bay is known for its beaches including Playa La Audiencia, which features calm surf - ideal for water sports. The waters off the coast have a reputation as a diver's paradise with numerous coral reefs and shipwrecks. The area is also known for deep-sea sport fishing, especially marlin.

This organic hand-blended seasoning is ideal for those that prefer their seasonings loaded with flavor and aren't afraid of a little bit of heat (but this is certainly not burn your face off hot). In addition to this being organic, it's also salt and sugar-free.


The Story Behind Our Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning

The conventional version of this was our first seasoning blend that we developed shortly after we launched Spices, Inc. back in 2008, so it just seemed appropriate to make it our first organic seasoning blend as well. When we started Spices, Inc. we used a handful of pre-packaged seasoning blends as we were just getting our feet wet and learning the ropes. Once we started getting comfortable and steadily became more knowledgeable, we knew that we just had to be mixing our own blends. Because I've long been a fan of first Tex-Mex and then authentic Mexican flavors, this was the one I knew that I wanted to try first.

That first blend went through extensive tweaking in our home kitchen, and because it was our first blend it took way too long to come to fruition (close to three months). I even had to walk away from the blend several times to give my taste buds a rest (I was probably trying way too hard) and then tackle it again a week or two later. In those early days, most of the preliminary blend testing was done on scrambled eggs, as they have essentially no flavor and it allowed us to better identify the flavor adjustments we were making to the blend. Next it was on to chicken tacos, and then bean burritos (both of which were more complex). 

Testing today is done very differently, as now my first "taste test" is to take a pinch of the blend and place it directly on my tongue. Here, I'm able to pick up the first dominant flavor followed by any of the various subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) undertones.  I can now pretty quickly determine which spices I may have included too much or too little of before we even start the next round of testing by experimenting with it in food.


What Makes a Great Mexican Seasoning?

The key to an authentic Mexican seasoning always begins with the proper use of Mexican chiles. A typically "American" taco type seasoning is more likely to have the very mild New Mexico or California chiles as the dominant chiles forming the base. These types of chiles mean that the blend's flavor profile, in my opinion, isn't near as rich or as deep. 

On the other hand, a top grade authentic Mexican seasoning is going to have some combination (usually three) of ancho, pasilla, guajillo, mulato and/or chipotle chiles (smoked jalapenos). These Mexican chiles are best known for their complex layers of flavor more than for their heat levels (none is considered more than a medium heat chile). Now, for this organic version of our Manzanillo seasoning we could not source an organic Chipotle "Morita" powder that passed our stringent flavor and quality tests but we did find an organic Jalapeno powder that was an excellent replacement.

You'll also find many Americanized Mexican seasonings use a bit too much cumin, which tends to overpower the flavor profile as well. We use our freshly ground cumin in much smaller amounts, more as an enhancement to the other flavors.


Where to Use It

We like to add this to everything Tex-Mex, simply sprinkle it on your tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas or tostados and you'll have a quick and tasty exotic dinner for friends and family. Now don't think that our organic Manzanillo Mexican seasoning can only be used for South of the Border style dishes, we also use it when we're in search of some extra spicy flavor and add a dash or two (or sometimes three) to our scrambled eggs, chili, fajitas (beef or chicken), burgers, mac and cheese, omelets, rice, shrimp, soups and stews as well. 

This seasoning also makes an excellent Mexican dry rub for chicken, just add 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of meat and be sure to spread evenly on both sides, then pat the mixture into the meat. Put the chicken in a large resealable bag and place in the refrigerator. We've had excellent results with leaving in the fridge "to season" for as little as 2 hours. Remove the chicken from the fridge and allow it to warm to room temperature before cooking on the hot grill or roasting in the oven. 

The practice of letting your chicken warm to room temperature has some pretty strong opposing view points to it - some say that it allows for bacteria to form quickly and that a thicker breast will not warm to room temperature in less than 4 or 5 hours. Others feel that cooking a cold breast will cause the outside to dry out faster. We tend to go with letting our meat come to room temperature -- to a point - we'll let it sit for about 30-45 minutes before putting it on a hot grill.

Some of our favorite recipes using Manzanillo Seasoning are Manzanillo Scrambled Eggs in Crispy Wonton Shells, Mexican Cornbread, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash, and Vegetarian Refried Bean Pizza.

We always recommend that when using this seasoning for the first time that you start off with a bit less than you think that you need. Because we're using freshly ground spices, and blend in small batches, our seasonings tend to be very potent. You can always add more seasoning if you'd like.


Flavor Profile

The flavor profile of our organic Manzanillo Mexican seasoning is earthy with a complex chile base that is savory and spicy, you'll also pick up a slight garlicky undertone with hints of onion.


What's In It

Hand blended with organic ancho, organic pasilla, organic black pepper, organic garlic, organic jalapeno, organic onion, organic coriander, organic Mexican oregano and organic cumin.


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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 Carbohydrate2.1g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.1g

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

4.7 out of 5
14 total ratings.

Victoria W. (Verified buyer) 10/14/2021
A favorite! Really like this. So dependable on almost everything! Marinades especially. Great smell on the Bar-B.

bob g. (Verified buyer) 12/26/2020

Sawyer S. (Verified buyer) 08/24/2020
Yummy! I've been using this on salmon a lot and it's SO delicious!

MARY M. (Verified buyer) 06/18/2020
Works great on chicken dishes I really like this but have found that I need to use a bit less than usual as it is "hotter" than other spices.

Laura M. (Verified buyer) 06/01/2020
I can make better Mexican food now! Adding this to steak or ground beef really adds to the flavor profile and helps when making tacos! So good! :)

Barbara L. (Verified buyer) 05/06/2020
Good seasoning I like this seasoning blend, especially on fish and chicken. Love that it is organic!!

rhonda p. (Verified buyer) 03/15/2019
Great I love this seasoning tossed with vegetables for roasting. I have used this mix for brussel sprouts as well as broccoli and I am sure it would be great with much more. It is also good, as recommended, for use with Mexican food. I cooked it with black beans and rice with no sodium Rotel. I look forward to finding other uses for this seasoning.

Steven M. (Verified buyer) 03/08/2019
manzanillo seasoning just right, first used in a pressure cooker with turkey breast. great flavor

Philip T. (Verified buyer) 06/14/2018
What a find! I'm so glad I discovered Spices, Inc. Their spices are not only pure and delicious, but they're a great value!

Michael (Verified buyer) 10/05/2017
Organic Manzanillo Seasoning It had a wonderful flavor with just the right amount of spice. This is definitely a seasoning I will use frequently!
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