I know you’ve heard of it, but have you ever tried Nashville Hot Seasoning? Believe it or not, this incredibly hot, peppery blend of spices is ridiculously versatile, and you can use it on way more than fried chicken. But don’t waste money buying a big canister, which will probably sit in your spice drawer, losing potency. Instead, make a small batch at home for pennies. It’s easy and will only take a few minutes!
What Is Nashville Hot Seasoning?
Nashville Hot Seasoning blends cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and other spices to create a fiery heat. An angry girlfriend originally created it in the 1930s as payback for a cheating boyfriend who’d been out all night. When she made breakfast, she doused her lover’s fried chicken with the ridiculously spicy blend, hoping to make him scream. But he ended up loving the extra spicy chicken and built an empire around it.
What You’ll Need
Nashville Hot Seasoning pairs well with fish, pork, beef, and hearty vegetables. Try it on cauliflower or avocado. Make Nashville Hot deviled eggs. If you’re an adventurous eater, sprinkle it on vanilla ice cream! Here’s what you need to make Nashville Hot Seasoning:
- Ground Cayenne Pepper- The backbone of your spice blend brings a wallop of heat. For milder heat, lower the amount of cayenne by two teaspoons. For a spicier kick, raise it by two teaspoons.
- Smoked Paprika- Adds depth to the mix with a smoky and mildly spicy flavor. Substitute with equal parts chili powder or chipotle chili powder.
- Dark Brown Sugar- Rounds out the heat with its sweetness. You can also use granulated sugar or light brown sugar.
- Garlic Powder– Adds pungent garlic flavor. If you only have garlic salt, omit the salt in the recipe.
- Onion Powder – Adds a sharp, savory note. If you only have onion salt, omit the salt in the recipe.
- Black Pepper- adds a woody flavor with hints of citrus.
- Salt- enhances the flavor of the rest of the spices.
How To Store
Keep Nashville Hot Seasoning in an air-tight container and store it in a cool, dark place. It will stay potent for up to six months. This recipe only makes three tablespoons, so you’ll use it up way before then!
How To Use Nashville Hot Seasoning
It’s time to get creative because you can use Nashville Hot Seasoning on much more than fried chicken! Sprinkle it on these dishes to give them an extra kick:
Nashville Hot Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper* ($0.60)
- 1/8 tsp dark brown sugar* ($0.01)
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika* ($0.05)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder* ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder* ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.03)
- To a small bowl add the cayenne pepper, dark brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt.
- Mix and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot.
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How to Make Nashville Hot Seasoning – Step by Step Photos
In a small bowl add 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, 1/8 teaspoon dark brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Was really excited for this as I love Nashville hot chicken, have tried it on 3 different meals and found this a little on the lack luster side, it is pretty good on hard boiled eggs with extra salt sprinkled on them, I know the original recipe paired the spice blend up with deviled eggs, which is why I mention it.
next time I may try doubling everything but the cayenne pepper.