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Homemade Cuban Spice Blend/Seasoning

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An all-around seasoning! Give your meat, poultry, and vegetables Cuban flare with this homemade Cuban spice. Made with two herbs, five spices, and citrus zest, this Cuban blend will give your tastebuds a delectable experience it will never forget.

Cuban spice blend in an airtight container with lemon and parsley in the background.

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Cuban seasoning is the ultimate seasoning blend to add to your pantry. It is versatile, enhancing and elevating the flavor of many foods. Everything you need to season your protein and veggies is in the Cuban spice blend.

This blend is made with a mix of garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, parsley, cumin, and dried orange/lemon zest. All of these ingredients are combined to create a flavorful seasoning blend that can be used in a variety of dishes. 

Why you should make this Cuban Seasoning

  • Homemade Cuban seasoning has no MSG or additives. This makes it a healthier option for adding flavor to your food. It is excellent for any diet because it is gluten-free and sugar-free. The most crucial aspect is that you can be confident that you are giving your family chemical-free food.
  • It is generally cheaper than store-bought alternatives to make your own seasoning mix at hom and it tastes better too!
  • It’s a versitle seasoning blend that can be used with a variety of protien and vegetables

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy Mediterranean Seasoning Mix

What You Need To Make This Cuban Spice Blend Recipe

Ingredients you need for a homemade cuban spice mix.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How to Make Cuban Spice Blend/Seasoning for Pork and Chicken

Collage of mixing ingredients for Cuban spice blend in a white bowl.
  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. (Photos 1 & 2)
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool spot for up to 6 months.
Cuban spice blend sitting on counetertop with a lemon and parsley in the background.


Keep it in an empty spice/airtight container. This should keep the blend fresh for at least 6 months and up to a year. Make sure your spices are stored in a dry, cold place.


This Cuban Seasoning Spice Blend is my go-to for chicken. I also use it on other meat like pork and steak. Add a little kick to your rice, and beans as well.

Here are some ideas:

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Leg Quarters
  • Pork Chops
  • Pork Loin
  • Pork Chops
  • Pork Loins
  • Baby back ribs
  • Black or Red Beans
  • Cuban Sandwiches

Recipe FAQs

What does Cuban seasoning taste like?

That’s a hard one to describe. The cumin brings warmth, the zest brings brightness while the garlic and onion add a pop! It’s something you just have to try for yourself!

Is it possible to make a large batch of Cuban seasoning?

Absolutely! Double the amount and put it in an airtight container/spice jar for future use.

What are traditional Cuban spices?

Often you’ll find a bay leaf, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and oregano in some type of blend or mixture in a Cuban dish.

Are Cuban spices spicy?

Nope! While Cuban spices blends are packed with flavor they are not packed with heat in the form of spice. If you like your dishes to have some heat you can add in some cayenne to taste!

Cuban spice seasoning in a glass of jar.

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Homemade Cuban Spice Blend/Seasoning

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Basics
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yields 10 Tablespoons
This homemade Cuban spice blend is perfect for chicken, pork, and vegetables! Full of warm flavors with bright notes of citrus!


  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Orange or Lemon Zest


  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool spot for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 TBSP Calories: 15kcal (1%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 701mg (30%) Potassium: 61mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 53IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 24mg (2%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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