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Ay Caramba Chile - Tex-Mex

A complex blend of spices for lovers of subtly spicy dishes. An aromatic flight towards "muy caliente" sensations in your kitchen. Ideal for Tex-Mex and Spanish cuisine.

Food pairing: Meat, fish, shellfish, vegetables, marinades.

Composition: Hot pepper, paprika, cumin, oregano, clove, garlic

Dosage: A pinch in your dishes

Origin : Creation and assembly of spices in France.

Packaging: 40g resealable bag - aroma preservation.

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  • What is my Ay Caramba Chile blend?

    This Ay Caramba Chile blend is made with hot pepper, paprika, cumin, oregano, cloves and garlic. It comes in the form of a fine reddish-brown powder and is ideal for seasoning Tex-Mex recipes.

    Traditionally, this blend is composed of a blend of 4 to 7 spices in different proportions depending on the regions of the world where it is prepared, the tastes of each, the flavors desired.

    It contains chilli, oregano, garlic, and other spices to achieve the desired aromatic palette. The main ingredient of this spice blend is hot pepper....lovers of hot flavours will appreciate it!

    David Vanille's choice: I have chosen to present this blend to you for its subtle balance between spiciness and aromas. It will seduce cooking lovers with its spicy taste but subtly counterbalanced by the milder flavours of garlic, oregano and cumin.


    Ingredients of my spice mixture

    My Ay Caramba Chile blend is composed of the following 6 spices:

    • Hot pepper: it is the fruit of a plant of the Solanaceae family originating from South America, Mexico or Central America. The hot pepper raises the dishes and has a bactericidal effect.
    • Paprika: this spice from Mexico is made from dried peppers and chillies. It is also called sweet pepper.
    • Cumin: this plant is native to the Mediterranean basin. It is found in many oriental recipes and in various spice blends such as curry.
    • Oregano: Oregano is a plant of Western origin that will be imported into the Middle East. It is widely used in Greek, Portuguese and Italian cuisine. It has antiseptic properties.
    • Clove: an Indonesian spice found in meat marinades, gingerbread and sauerkraut. It is also used as a herbal tea or as an essential oil to relieve toothache.
    • Garlic: Garlic is a plant that is part of the superfoods. Its origins are in Central Asia where it has been used for more than 5,000 years. It is an essential component of marinades.

    Differences between Ay Caramba Chile and hot pepper

    Hot pepper alone brings a spicy taste that is found in this blend of spices. However, the combination of different spices brings more subtle flavours to your dishes; the sweetness of garlic compensates for the spiciness of the pepper.

    The origins of the spice blend Ay Caramba Chile

    This blend of spices is used mainly in South America, Spain and Portugal. It can be found in Tex-Mex, Iberian and Portuguese cuisine.

    If its name evokes Chile, its origins would be more American. It is in the southern United States that we find the first traces of it. Then, this mixture was used to bring the necessary flavour to this South American "poor man's dish" and the main recipe of Tex-Mex cuisine: chili con carne.

    Rather spicy and with smoky notes, it accomplished its mission in a prodigious way.

    Did you know that? The name of this spice "Ay Caramba Chile" does not refer to the country, Chile, but to the chilli pepper of the same name.

    Benefits of the ingredients of this spice blend

    The Ay Caramba Chili spice blend has the benefits of all the ingredients that make it up. It allows, among other things:

    • To fight against cell ageing thanks to clove
    • To have a hunger suppressant effect thanks to the feeling of satiety provided by the consumption of chilli pepper
    • To provide a source of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C through garlic.
    • To provide potassium and antioxidants thanks to paprika
    • To relieve digestion problems with cumin and oregano
    • To fight against bloating and bacteria (especially oral) with cloves

    How to use Ay Caramba Chili mixture in cooking?

    The ingredients in this blend of spices make it an ideal companion in the preparation of meals typical of Tex-Mex cuisine, but also of dishes of Iberian origin.

    On the nose, you will first feel the smoky notes of this blend and then the spicy aromas will be released, which will quickly be completed by the spiciness of the hot pepper.

    Once in the mouth, you will be captured by a lasso of different taste sensations that will occur almost simultaneously.

    You will pass from smoky to spicy notes by feeling the sweet presence of garlic. Your taste buds will be pleasantly shaken up.

    Simmered preparations, barbecues, fish and shellfish, Mexican beef, Tinga Poblana... Ay Caramba Chile spice goes well with many land and seafood products.

    This blend will also enhance all your pasta dishes, polentas, and other starches. Try it in Spaghetti a la Puttanesca according to Julie Andrieu.

    Good to know: The Ay Caramba Chile Spice Mix has a high resistance to long cooking times, each of the flavours will remain faithful to what you expect even when preparing simmered dishes

    Our recipe ideas with my Tex Mex spice blend "Ay Caramba Chili"

    Do you want to add a little spice to your kitchen? That's what Ay Caramba Chile is for! Discover some recipes that this tasty blend of spices will enhance.

    The starter: Spicy crisp vegetables in brick leaf

    A light but tasty starter! Finely chop peppers, carrots and cabbage. Fry them in a very hot oil. Add a little "Ay Caramba Chili" mixture. Double your brick leaves and garnish them with the vegetable mixture. Bake. Serve with a good red wine!

    The dish: Roasted prawns Tex-Mex style

    If this spice goes perfectly with meat, it is also tasty with seafood. Grill your prawns. Make a tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes and onions. Spice with the spice mixture. To be enjoyed with bread or wild rice.

    Dessert: Spicy roasted pineapple

    While this spice is not often used in sweet dishes, it can be used to enhance the flavour of roasted fruit. Pineapple is perfect for this. Cut your pineapple into thick slices. Grill it and sprinkle with the Ay Caramba Chile mixture. A delight!

    How to store a mixture of tex mex spices?

    This spicy spice mixture can be kept like most spices: in an airtight jar away from the light. It will thus retain all its flavours.

  • Find our recipe ideas with "Ay Caramba Chile - Tex-Mex"

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    Comment from David Vanille the 27/10/2019
    Il donne le tempo à notre recette, une pincée suffit à faire la différence :-) Je suis heureux que ma qualité répond à votre exigence et attentes ;-) Passez une excellente journée, Au plaisir, David : Votre chercheur d'épices, le meilleur des plantations

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