Adobo Marinade Mixture consisting of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar
Allspice Pimienta Dulce Equal amounts: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon
Anise Anís Licorice flavored, allied to star anise
Baking Soda Bicarbonato de sosa
Baking Powder Levadura en polvo
Basil Albahaca A sweet but fragrant herb is used in Italian cooking.
Bay Leaf Laurel Aromatic leaf used in soups and stews
Capers Alcaparras For fish dishes
Caraway Alcaravella Used in rye bread
Cardamom Cardomomo A component in curry powder
Cayenn Pimentón Hot chili pepper
Celery Seed Semilla de Apio Stews
Celery Salt Sal de Apio To make: Grind 1 part celery seed to 2 parts salt.
Chamomile Manzanilla A plant used as a tisane for its sedative powers.
Chervil Perifollo An herb of the parsley family.
Chili Chili In Mexico, both the Ancho Chili and Chipotle Chili powders are available, also a square packet of
Chinese 5 spice 5 Especias chinas Mixture of: toasted and ground cinnamon ,cloves, fennel, star anise, and Sezchuan peppercorns
Chives Cebollin Pungent member of the scallion, or green onion family.
Cilantro Cilantro A strong flavor used in most salsa.
Cinnamon Canela Cinnamon sticks best, also available in powder.
Clove Clavo Great in ginger bread, baked ham or with apple pi
Cocoa Used in Moles A special dish usually made with chicken.
Coriander Cilantro Seed of the cilantro, can be termed herb or spice.
Cream of Tartar Crema de Tártaro Baking soda good substitute. A good leavening agent.
Cumin Comino Adds peppery flavor when added to curry or chili.
Curry Curry East Asian mixture of toasted seeds and ground spices: Cumin, cardamom, coriander, ground turmeric, dry mustard, cayenne pepper.
Dill seed Encido Eneldo Dried seed of dill plant.
Fennel Hinoja, Canamo Italian or Mediterranean cuisine has licorice flavor.
Garlic Ajo Only thing better than a little garlic, is a lot of garlic.
Ginger Jenjibre, Gengibre Aromatic, pungent and spicy, wonderful in stir fries and ginger breads.
Herbes de Provence Mixture of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender leaves.
Hoisin Chinese Barbecue Sauce
Horseradish Rábano Picante This ancient grated root is used as a pungent spice with beef or in seafood sauces, but has many medicinal properties. Mix shreds of root with vinegar and dry mustard to keep as sauce.
Hot Sauce Salsa Picante/Salsa Caliente Tabasco is available. There are different kinds to choose from.
Italian Seasoning Condimento Italiano Mixture of: Basil, or oregano, rosemary,
marjoram, cilantro, thyme, savory and red pepper flakes.
Ketchup Salsa de tomate
Lime juice Jugo de Limon Lemons are rare and the lime is readily available.
Mace Macis Aromatic, ground from the dried aril around
Marjoram Mejorana Herb used extensively for lamb in Mediterranean
Meat tenderizer Ablandador de Carne A mixture of spices including Bromelain (and often MSG). Several fruits can do the same thing ie.,
Mint Yerbabuena There are many varieties but the one called
English mint is used for mint sauce with lamb.
Chop mint finely, add vinegar and sugar.
Mole This sauce can come pre -mixed in many basic
flavors. It is not difficult but time consuming to
make at home. The base is a Dona Maria sauce
purchased at any supermarket.
Moles come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili
peppers as the common factor. However, the classic mole
version is the variety called mole poblano, which is a dark red or brown sauce served over meat.
Mustard (dry) Mostaza (seco) Ancient spice used in many recipes for mixed
spices and curries.
Nutmeg Nuez Moscada Used in Allspice and often with cloves and
cinnamon for cakes
Onion salt Sal de Cebolla Three parts salt to Onion powder
Oregano Orégano Mexican Oregano is a little stronger than Italian.
Paprika Pimenton Dulce Hard to find in Manzanillo.
Parsley Perejil Most popular herb and relative of celery
Pepper (Black/White) Pimienta (Negra/Blanca)
Peppermint Essencia de Menta Cross between wintermint and spearmint.
Pickling Spices Especias para encurtidos Hard to find in Manzanillo. Mixture of : Cinnamon,
Allspice, Mustard Seed, Coriander, Bay Leaves, Chilies, Cloves, Black Pepper, Mace, Cardamom, and Sulfiting Agents. Poppy Seed Semilla de Amapolla From Opium poppy, banned in Mexico.
Poultry Seasoning Sazonador para aves/ Mixture of: dried sage, rosmary, thyme
condimento para aves marjoram, nutmeg and black pepper.