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Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Recipe

Spice up your meal times with this hot and tasty cajun seasoning mix

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Updated September 18, 2022
Medically reviewed by
Stephanie Small, MS, RDN, LDN
Stephanie Small, MS, RDN, LDN

Medically reviewed by

Stephanie Small, MS, RDN, LDN

Stephanie Small, MS, RDn, LD is a registered dietitian, business owner, and nutrition researcher with a passion for effective and accurate nutrition communication. She is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. with a research focus on improving breast cancer treatment and survivorship health outcomes using lifestyle interventions.
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Make your favorite dishes even tastier with this Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe. All you need is a combination of 3 spices – black pepper, red pepper chili powder, and garlic powder – and you can create your own Louisiana-style spice blend at home.

Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe

Slap Ya Mama is a popular US brand that began in Louisiana in 1956. The founder, Anthony White, was frustrated at not being able to find a creole seasoning that wasn’t too salty.

So he created his own cajun spice mixture which is now used by lots and lots of people! The Slap Ya Mama brand offers different cajun seasoning blends, as well as a bloody mary mix, dinner mixes, and some special products such as seafood boil and fish fry.

This copycat Slap Ya Mama seasoning recipe works really well in gumbo and jambalaya dishes, as well as with grilled fish or seafood.

You’ll get a spicy, smoky taste to your meals, and be surprised at how much flavor is packed in! So use this recipe at family parties and celebrations, whatever the occasion or season.

All About The Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Ingredients

Black Pepper

Peppercorns that are black in color have been picked when they’ve been dried out by the sun and are almost ripe. Black pepper has a distinct earthy and woody taste.

This type of pepper also has a unique sharpness to it and a somewhat pungent element. In terms of spice, it’s average to hot and used in lots of dishes to provide heat.

Red Pepper Chili Powder

Chili peppers are dried and then pulverized to create a powder version of this fruit. One type or multiple varieties can be used, and sometimes other spices are added to the mix too – this might be called a chili seasoning mixture or chili blend.

Chili powder is commonly used in the culinary world to add flavor and piquancy to lots of different meals. Red pepper chili powder has a sweet and strong taste, so it’ll provide a depth of flavor – as well as some color – to this Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning recipe.

This powder is often utilized as a substitute for fresh red peppers in Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisine. But the powder’s flavor, although more intense, might not be quite as sharp as if you were to use the fresh peppers.

Garlic Powder

Fresh garlic is dehydrated and ground up to produce garlic powder or granulated garlic. Garlic cloves are peeled and minced before being dried out in an oven.

These versions are a little milder than the fresh variety, and also have a sweetness to their flavor. Garlic powder is very fine, whereas granulated garlic has a bigger grind (its texture is a bit like cornmeal).
You can use whatever type of salt you prefer for this cajun spice seasoning mix. However, we’d recommend kosher salt as it seems to have just the right amount of salty taste for this recipe – rock salt might be too much and overpower the other spice flavors.

Tips And Tricks For Making The Best Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

  • Don’t be afraid to add more heat if you like spicy food! You can add some chili flakes or cayenne pepper to make sure your cajun seasoning is hotter compared to other blends. To give your cajun spice mix a different flavor, try adding some onion powder or white pepper.

  • Source some glass jars in which you can store your mama cajun seasoning. Glass won’t absorb the smell of the spics like plastic can do, and it’s also imperative that you get good lids so that the ingredients remain fresh.

  • Look out for specialty stores, such as local Asian or Mexican retailers, where you can buy just the right amount of the ingredients that you need. Don’t be tempted to buy large quantities from bulk bin stores – this will be more expensive and wasteful.

  • Store your Slap Ya Mama seasoning mix in the fridge. Some spices, like cayenne pepper and paprika, keep their color and flavor better in the cold.

  • Check your spice blends regularly, as some lose their taste and color if you’ve kept them for too long. Get rid of any that have lost their bright color quality and sharp aroma.

  • Get creative and grind your own spices at home! You can buy whole versions and get the best flavor from your ingredients if you grind them just before cooking.
    You can use a cheap coffee grinder or a spice mill. This is a quick and easy – and fun – way to make your own ground spices that you can use in lots of different combos for your culinary pursuits.

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How To Make Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time0 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Servings24
  • Yield½ cups

Level: Easy




  1. Make the Seasoning

    Combine the ground black pepper, red pepper chili powder, garlic powder, and salt in your mixing bowl. Give all the ingredients a thorough stir.

    Put your Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning into an airtight container. It’ll keep well in this when stored in a kitchen cupboard (see below for how long).

What To Serve With Slap Ya Mama Seasoning

Chicken Gumbo

The classic Louisiana casserole dish wouldn’t be complete without a cajun seasoning mix. This one-pot delight uses Creole spices, ham or chicken, vegetables, and a rich sauce.

So next time you’re making a gumbo, use your Slap Ya Mama seasoning recipe. It’ll give your dinner its spicy, flavorful, and authentic taste.

Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya

Spicy Spanish sausage and chicken are added to sweet peppers and tomatoes in this healthy dish. Your cajun seasoning recipe will give extra depth to the rice, giving you a hearty and delicious meal.

Spiced Salmon

This Slap Ya Mama seasoning recipe is the perfect blend to pair with fresh salmon for a healthy, lower-salt meal. You’ll get a mixture of textures and sweet and spicy tastes that’ll burst in your mouth as you eat!

Grilled Halloumi

Grill or smoke some halloumi cheese using your cajun seasoning mixture. You can then serve it with some guacamole and salad to add a fresh taste and balance out some of the spicy tones of the blend.

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Storage Instructions

Herbs and spices should be kept in a cool, dry place in your kitchen. Don’t use cardboard or plastic, but instead invest in some airtight containers made of glass or stainless steel.

Store your containers away from direct sunlight and from your range or stove. The heat and light might cause your Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning recipe to lose its spice and pungency, and to fade in color.

If stored correctly, your cajun spice mix should last for around 6 months to 1 year. Remember to check it regularly to ensure that it’s still of good quality and fine to use in your recipes.

Nutrition Advice

Herbs and spices are a great way of making our meals tastier without having to use salt. These ingredients don’t have as high a sodium content as salt, which is beneficial as too much salt can lead to heart problems and other health issues.

Because they are made from plants, herbs and spices are also normally recommended by healthcare professionals to add flavor to your food.

Making your own seasonings is also better than relying on store bought versions. Those manufactured for sale will have added preservatives to make them last longer – and these can contain higher levels of sodium.

So our advice is, if you have the time, to make your own Slap Ya Mama seasoning blend at home. Gather the necessary spices and herbs and get creative! – Kirsten Mae Magbanua, RND

Check also this Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Recipe.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 0.1 g Fat
  • 0.6 g Carbs
  • 0.1 gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Per Serving Size (based on 48 servings)
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat0.1 g 0%
Saturated Fat0 g 0%
Cholesterol0 mg 0%
Sodium592 mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate0.6 g 0%
Dietary Fiber0.2 g 1%
Total Sugars0.1 g
Protein0.1 g
Vitamin C0 mcg 0%
Calcium3 mg 0%
Iron0 mg 1%
Potassium13 mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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