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Published May 16, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.
This delicious southwest seasoning rub recipe has the perfect savory, spicy, and sweet blend for all your cooking needs. You will be blown away at how easy this is to make and how delicious it will make your food. My friends love and use this rub recipe regularly.
Using dry spices is a fantastic way to take the taste of your food to the next level. If you’ve never made homemade seasonings and rubs before, it is way easier than you think. Try my Garam Masala or Blackened Seasoning Recipe.
Southwest seasoning combines dry spices and herbs that are used as a rub for protein or vegetables before cooking it. You can season whatever you are wanting to cook right before cooking or up to 24 hours before preparing it. A great feature of making this homemade southwest rub is that you will likely already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard.
This simple-to-prepare rub will last in a cool dry place as long as your dry spices do. There is already plenty of salt in this recipe, so this is a one-stop spice rub that perfectly compliment and seasons whatever it is you are cooking. This southwest seasoning goes wonderfully on pork, chicken, beef, or fish, and can be used as a rub for smoking meat.
- Salt – I always use coarse salt in my cooking and baking.
- Pepper – freshly ground or pre-ground black pepper
- Sugar – I like to use light brown sugar for sweetness in this rub.
- Cumin – This will add some lovely earthy tones to this recipe.
- Onion – I prefer to use granules as opposed to powder.
- Garlic – Granules work better than powder.
- Paprika – Some smoked paprika will add smoky flavors to the rub.
- Coriander – Use whole coriander seeds that are crushed.
- Chili Powder – A good chili powder will add some nice chili flavors.
- Oregano – Any dry oregano will work for this.
How to Make Southwest Seasoning
Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and store.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this Southwest Seasoning rub several days or weeks before using it.
How to Store: Put in an airtight container and store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can also store this in glass jars with an air-tight lid.
- You can add red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or turmeric.
More Seasoning Recipes
Southwest Seasoning Recipe
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons garlic granules
- 1 ½ tablespoons onion granules
- 1 ½ tablespoons paprika
- 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoons crushed coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
- Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and store.
I love this recipe and I use it all the time. I put this BBQ Rub on everything. I have melted butter in a small pan and added a tablespoon of this rub into the melted butter and used it to dip good breads into it for a snack or while waiting for dinner to get ready it is so amazing and delicious.