Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning is perfect for folks who are looking to speed up their cooking—just sprinkle the blend over the dish for added flavor and efficiency. This hand-crafted blend carries a full load of flavor, and just enough of a hot kick (you won’t be looking for a glass of milk, but you will certainly enjoy the heat in this seasoning). The blend is named after a very special place in Mexico. On the Mexican Pacific Coast, lies Manzanillo, a gorgeous resort city, widely considered to be Mexico’s own Riviera. Manzanillo’s warm combination of beauty and character inspired this extraordinary blend of sense-alluring power. Plus, Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning is completely free of salt!
The Story Behind Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning
Manzanillo, located in the state of Colima, is home to Mexico’s busiest port and one of the main manufacturing centers in the country. This coastal beauty is the setting of a number of pirate legends tracing back to colonial times when Portugal and Spain fought over trade routes and local goods. Currently, Manzanillo is known as a premier destination for competitive fishing.
Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning helps you cook outstanding seafood dishes, but it doesn’t stop there. The blend is the right choice for traditional Mexican dishes, including many wonders straight from Manzanillo, like tatemado (a stew with marinated pork), all kinds of ceviche, and caldo michi (a fish and tomato chowder).
What Makes Mexican Seasoning Uniquely Delicious?
The essential ingredient in authentic Mexican seasoning is, of course, expertly deployed Mexican chiles. Most tacos consumed or sold in the United States use a seasoning that contains chiles from New Mexico or California in their base. Although national chiles can be quite tasty, they are a lot milder than the Mexican variety, and their flavor is definitely nowhere near as rich or deep.
But there is more that makes an authentic, premium Mexican seasoning. Many of the blends usually combine at least three different chile types, with most favoring ancho, pasilla, mulato, chipotle and guajillo. All of these varieties are renowned for having sophisticated levels of flavor that go beyond their heat layers, except for chipotle, which is truly very hot. Oftentimes, Americanized versions of Mexican seasoning blends will err on the side of adding too much cumin, which is a highly overpowering ingredient. This blend does contain freshly ground cumin, but in a very small amount so that it enhances instead of overpowering other flavors.
How To Use It
Honestly, feel free to use Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning blend on everything. Sprinkle it on classic Mexican dishes like enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and burritos, and you will have your friends asking how you managed to make other-worldly delicious and authentic Mexican food. But don’t be mistaken, Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning is not just for Tex-Mex and Mexican fare. Any heat lover will rejoice at the chance of adding a dash of this blend to scrambled eggs, burgers, omelets, grilled salmon, jambalaya, chili, mac and cheese, shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas, stews, and soups.
Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning blend is a wonderful option to be used as a dry rub for chicken. All you need to do is add one tablespoon of seasoning for every pound of chicken and rub the seasoning evenly on all sides, patting it into the meat. Remember to wash your hands after touching raw poultry. Place the chicken in a resealable bag and move it into the fridge for two to twelve to let the seasoning react. There are no significant improvements in flavor if you extend the resting time for longer than twelve hours. Bring it out of the fridge and let it come up to room temperature before you cook it.
Some of the best recipes that use Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning blend are refried bean pizza, Mexican cornbread, sweet potato and chorizo hash, scrambled eggs in wonton shells, and grilled shrimp.
We generally advise customers to under-season a little bit in the very first time using it. Since our spices are freshly ground, the seasoning blends turn out to be very powerful. You will always be able to sprinkle more seasoning later on.
Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning blend has an earthy character, with an intricate chile base with both savory and spicy notes, along with a subtle hint of garlic and onion undertones.
Champion’s Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning blend is hand-crafted with black pepper, pasilla, ancho, garlic, coriander, onion, Mexican oregano, cumin, and chipotle. Champion’s spices and rubs are packaged in glass containers, which preserve taste, flavor, and freshness. They taste and look fantastic!