Salvadorian Spice Mix

El Salvador, International Cuisine, Spices


Makes 1/2 cup


2 Habaneros, stemmed and seeded
1 Ancho chilli stemmed and seeded
1 tbls  Black Peppercorns
1 tsp Cloves
1 Bay leaf
2 tbls Sesame Seeds
2 tbls Pepitas
2 tbls unsalted Peanuts
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Thyme
1 tbls gnd Achiote


  1. Heat a heavy based pan.
  2. Place the chillies in panand roast for 2-3 mins, turning once or twice. Set aside.
  3. Roast the Peppercorns, Cloves and Bay leaf for 1 min, stirring. Set aside.
  4. Roast the Sesame seeds, Pepitas and Peanuts for 2 minutes, stirring. Let cool down.
  5. Chop the Chillies as fine as possible.
  6. Crumble the bay leave.
  7. Combine all roasted ingredients with the oregano, thyme and achiote, and grind them to a powder with a spice grinder.