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MAKES ABOUT ½ CUP
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped ¼ cup ground chile, such as ancho, New Mexico, or guajillo, or paprika 4 tsp. salt 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. sugar 2 tsp. dried oregano, preferably Mexican 1 tsp. dried thyme
1. Put garlic, ground chile, salt, pepper, sugar, oregano, and thyme into a small bowl. Stir well, making sure garlic is thoroughly combined. If not using spice mix right away, store in a small clean jar, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.