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Southwestern Spice Rub

No recipe image available.This handy homemade Southwestern spice rub also makes a great gift. To package for gifts, place the plastic zip-lock bags inside small gift bags and garnish with decorative ribbon or raffia and a suitable 'garnish' such as a dried pepper.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
8 dried mild red or green chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground red pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook cumin and coriander seeds in a small skillet over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  2. combine seeds, chiles and remaining ingredients in an electric blender; process until mixture resembles coarse powder.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 2/3 cup.

DIRECTIONS FOR GIFT CARD: Sprinkle Southwestern Spice Rub on chicken, beef or pork before grilling, broiling or baking.

Adapted from a recipe from Southern Living.