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Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Recipe

The proper seasoning could add new shades of flavors to multiple different dishes. So, if you’ve had enough of fry seasoning and want to try something new, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning is.

This popular seasoning is a staple of many Tex-Mex dishes since it is both spicy and flavorful—just what any pork, fish, shellfish, or chicken dish calls for.

Although it is a traditional spice blend that uses black and cayenne, many people don’t know how to make it.

So today, we’ll fix that with the easiest Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe.

How to Make Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Slap Ya Mama Seasoning is one of the best ways to season your food without much expense or effort since it calls for relatively simple ingredients you probably already have stored in your pantry.

The seasoning contains distinctively Cajun herbs, typically used in the tangy, red-colored barbecue sauce. This spice mix also features a blend of ingredients that include both Canadian and Louisiana elements for a unique flavor profile.

However, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning is not often found in stores. But that’s solved now. Here is what you’ll need to make this unique blend at home.


(8 servings)

  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


Slap Ya Mama Seasoning adds a bit of a kick, which is perfect for those who like spicy food. Besides, this Cajun Seasoning consists of an orange-reddish tint that blackens later if it is fried or grilled.

It is a perfect combination of herbs and spices that is not that easy to recreate. But how could it be challenging to make a seasoning? That’s because the components of each Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe may vary from a bit to about a dozen. And just a little more of something here or there will create a different blend.

So, follow this recipe closely to keep your Slap Ya Mama Seasoning authentic.

Step 1:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and then transfer to a small dry container.

Step 2:

Store your seasoning in an airtight container for about 6 months or longer. We’ll share the specifics later down in the article.

Ingredient Substitution

You can find as many Slap Ya Mama Seasoning variations as there are recipes since that’s how it is with the spice blends. Some premade blends have salt, some might be spicier, and the others might focus on the umami and savory notes.

That means you can keep to your personal preferences and substitute or scale up a few ingredients to make this Cajun seasoning spicier or milder.

Chili powder

Chili powder is one of the most versatile options for replacing cayenne pepper since this type of powder comes from different varieties of ground peppers.

But note that chili powder is sometimes labeled as “chili” powder. So, ensure your powder doesn’t include additional spices like garlic powder or oregano. They can alter the flavors. Chili powder is an excellent replacement for cayenne if you prefer smoky flavors. Replace it with a 1:1 ratio.

Bell peppers

Paprika is one of the most used spices in the kitchen. But if you’ve run out of it, you can replace it with other spices and experiment with the taste. Still, if you don’t have any suitable replacement, make your own with bell peppers.

No worries, it is super easy. Just take the ripe peppers, let them brittle with the dehydrator, and grind the dried peppers. It takes only a few minutes but generates so much flavor and aroma.


Basil is a delightful substitute for oregano. It has the same distinct flavor profile associated with Italian cuisine. So, it is the best alternative to oregano in Slap Ya Mama Seasoning. You can easily substitute basil for oregano in a 1:1 ratio and use either dry or fresh basil.

What to Serve with Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Slap Ya Mama Seasoning works just about anywhere you want to incorporate the flavors of Cajun cuisine. You can use it in crawfish dishes, gumbo, dirty rice, and other Louisiana favorites.

It also does wonders as a meat rub. So, you’ll never run out of ideas about where to use it.

Dirty rice

Do you know about the old Louisiana tradition—Monday is for laundry, red beans, and rice? So while dirty rice might not sound too appealing, it is one of the first dishes you must consider adding Slap Ya Mama Seasoning to.

Dirty rice tastes incredible when it’s full of ground pork, beef, plenty of peppers, celery onion, and herbs. But this Cajun seasoning will make it burst in flavors.

Chicken wings

For those who fancy spicy food but find the hot sauce overly acidic, you’ll like how Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning works on fried chicken wings. You get the most pleasant warmth without the tang.

And the uses of this seasoning are limitless: you can coat your chicken wings once ready or let them marinate in it overnight.

Dipping sauce

Nothing makes your food taste better than a savory dipping sauce on the side. And when it comes to the extra oomph of creamy dips, especially store-bought ones, Cajun seasoning is the best for the job.

Just stir some of it in the store-bought ranch, Greek yogurt, or sour cream. Additionally, you can add some lemon juice to it for a zesty flavor.

How to Store Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Dried herbs and spices don’t indeed expire in the traditional sense. The sauce “has gone bad” simply means it has lost its flavor, color, or potency. But still, using those “gone bad” spices are unlikely to make you sick.

That said, there is no absolute rule on storing Slap Ya Mama Seasoning. Still, you can follow some tips to extend its shelf life.

Store Slap Ya Mama Seasoning on the Shelf

To store this Cajun seasoning on the shelf, remember to use airtight containers so that it is not too much exposed to the air. Glass jars work the best. Besides, store it in a dry place to avoid humidity.

It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t store this seasoning near the stove where it can be exposed to heat. The oxidation and moisture can damage the flavors of the spice blend.

Store Slap Ya Mama Seasoning in the Fridge

Red-colored spices like paprika and red pepper should always be stored in the fridge. So, if you stick to the Slap Ya Mama seasoning recipe and don’t replace them, fridge it is. Also, use airtight containers or glass jars.

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Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Recipe

Slap Ya Mama Seasoning is one of the most popular Tex-Mex blends that is both spicy and delicious. And since it is not that easy to find in a store, you just have to try and make it at home. Add it to sandwiches, meat, or salads to kick off the Mexican flavors of your dishes.
4.85 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 15 kcal
  • bowl
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and then transfer to a small dry container.
  • Store your seasoning in an airtight container for about 6 months or longer.
Calories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 3gSodium: 1165mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 1055IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.1mg

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