10 Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Substitutes

Have you ever heard of Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning? If you’re a fan of cajun or creole food – there’s a good chance you have!

The zesty spices and ingredients in this blend of Cajun seasoning produces an unforgettable flavor.

But what if you’re for something a little different but still carries that Slap Ya Mama punch (pun intended)?

Maybe you’re looking for something a little more (or less) spicy? Perhaps something healthier, less saltier, or an alternative to make on your own at home?

You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will discuss Slap Ya Mama seasoning (Original blend) substitutes and alternatives that may vary slightly in ingredients that may better suit your taste buds (I prefer a little *less* cayenne pepper), but still produce that same cajun flavor bomb in your mouth!

A suitable substitute for ‘Slap Ya Mama’ seasoning, a popular Cajun spice blend, can be created at home with common spices. Combine equal parts of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, and adjust the cayenne quantity to match your heat preference. Another commercial alternative is Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, which offers a similar flavor profile with a balanced mix of spices. For a more complex flavor, you can also add paprika and onion powder to your homemade blend, mimicking the rich and spicy taste of ‘Slap Ya Mama’ seasoning.

Slap Ya Mama Seasoning Substitutes

The Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Original Blend contains 310 mg of sodium (13% of your Daily Value) per ¼ teaspoon.

All of the following Slap Ya Mama seasoning substitutes contain 0 calories, but vary in sodium content.

1)Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning – Hot Blend

Who is most likely to make the best Slap Ya Mama Original blend seasoning substitutes? Well that’d be the folks who make Slap Ya Mama seasoning, of course!

For the *spicy* food lover! Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend kicks up the ‘slap’ with the same ingredients (salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic), but presumably with notably more red pepper.

So you will still enjoy the same cajun flavor the Original blend gives you, only you may need some extra water at your meal if you’re using this Slap Ya Mama substitute! And maybe avoid serving it to the kiddos!

The Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Hot Blend contains 190 mg (8% of your Daily Value) per ¼ teaspoon.

2)Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning – White Pepper Blend

For the cajun food lover that just wants something a bit *different*. This is a great Slap Ya Mama substitute for those who don’t wish to (or can’t) consume black pepper. Black pepper can be a stomach irritant to some folks.

The white pepper provides a slightly spicier flavor compared to the Original blend, but it is not as spicy as the Hot blend. The ingredients are: Salt, Red Pepper, White Pepper, Garlic.

The Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning White Pepper Blend contains 250 mg of sodium (10% of your Daily Value) per ¼ teaspoon.

3)Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning – Low Sodium Blend

For the more health conscious cajun food lover! The Low Sodium Blend of Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning contains a notably lower amount of sodium compared to the Original blend and all other Slap Ya Mama substitutes.

This is great news for those who are looking to limit their sodium intake due to hypertension (high blood pressure) or other various health issues that high sodium intake may negatively affect.

The ingredients are: Red Pepper, Salt, Black Pepper, Granulated Sugar, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Ground Celery, Granulated Green Bell Pepper.

While this blend does contain sugar, it is not noted on its nutrition label as being a significant amount – it states that there are 0 grams per ¼ teaspoon.

However, it is important to note that manufacturers are legally allowed to list their product as having “0 grams” per serving of anything as long as it is 0.4 grams or under.

Yup, they’re allowed to round down. That is an important fact to keep in mind if you are watching your sugar (or any nutrient or ingredient) intake.

The Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Low Sodium Blend contains just 100 mg of sodium (4% of your Daily Value) per ¼ teaspoon. Woohoo!

4)Tony Chachere Original Creole Seasoning

In my exhausting search for the next best cajun seasoning that can even hold a candle next to Slap Ya Mama, I kept circling back to Tony Chachere Original Creole Seasoning.

Tony Chachere Creole seasoning is considered more seasoned than most other cajun seasoning varieties.

This is definitely beneficial if you’re looking to boil crawfish or crabs. Because of the intense flavor, you may want to (or need to) use less of it than you would Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning.

The ingredients are: Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Chili Powder (Chili Pepper, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder), Garlic, Silicon Dioxide (to Prevent Caking).

Note the addition of chili pepper to this spice blend. That equals SPICY!

Tony Chacere Original Creole Seasoning contains 340 mg of sodium (15% of your daily value).

5)McCormick Cajun Seasoning

paprika & cumin seasoning

You’ve probably heard of McCormick seasonings. They carry a very wide variety of seasonings and spice blends and are very commonly seen on your grocery store shelves.

So you may be surprised to learn that their cajun seasoning is a cajun fan favorite, and one of the most popular selling cajun seasonings.


An awesome thing about the McCormick Cajun seasoning is that it’s rather cheap compared to Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning and the previously mentioned Slap Ya Mama substitutes.

In fact, you can get an 18 oz bottle of it (on Amazon) for cheaper than an 8 oz bottle of Slap Ya Mama!

Very helpful if you are feeding a big family (or live on Cajun food). McCormick Cajun Seasoning is also the Slap Ya Mama name brand substitute that is lowest in sodium (even lower than their low sodium blend, crazy!)

¼ teaspoon of McCormick Cajun Seasoning contains just 55 mg of sodium! That’s only 2% of your Daily Value.

Ideal for those with high blood pressure or other ailments that can be affected by high sodium intake.

6)Badia Louisiana Cajun Seasoning

Badia Louisiana Cajun Seasoning is a spicy blend that bursts with a kick of flavor inspired by Louisiana.

Its ingredients include Dehydrated Vegetables (Garlic & Onion), Spices including Paprika, Salt, and Tricalcium Phosphate (to prevent caking). This seasoning is notably low in sodium.

Badia Louisiana Cajun Seasoning contains 80 mg sodium (3% of your Daily Value) per ¼ teaspoon.

7)Louisiana Fish Fry Products Cajun Seasoning

This zesty spice blend tastes good on everything. Its ingredients are: salt, spices, dried garlic, and paprika.

¼ teaspoon of Louisiana Fish Fry Products Cajun Seasoning contains 330 mg of sodium (14% of your Daily Value).

8)Classic Cajun Seasoning

This homemade cajun seasoning blend uses classic spices for that cajun flavor. The recipe is as follows:


  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can add more according to your taste)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

9)Peppery Cajun Seasoning

This recipe is for pepper lovers!


  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried greek oregano
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 2 Tbsp hungarian paprika
  • 2 Tbsp dehydrated onions
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder

10)Extra Spicy Cajun Seasoning

Extra Spicy Cajun Seasoning

Not for the faint of heart! Try this extra spicy cajun seasoning recipe if you’re a lover of spice and heat.

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground jalapeño
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground celery seed

What Is Slap Ya Mama Seasoning?

Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning is a rather simple blend of spices. The Original blend contains: salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic.

Simple enough right!? While the ingredients label will tell you what ingredients the product contains, it will not tell you how much of each ingredient the product contains.

Therefore, there may not be a 100% foolproof way of exactly replicating the Slap Ya Mama seasoning if you were to try your hand at blending your own spices.

It is important to note that the ingredients on all food products are listed in order of descending weight.

This means that in the Original blend of Slap Ya Mama seasoning, there is more salt (by weight) than the other ingredients (with garlic being the least present by weight).

Slap Ya Mama seasoning was created in 1956 by Wilda Marie Fontenot Walker.

The product states that “everytime she uses it, she receives a loving slap on the back and a kiss on the cheek, thanking her for another great tasting Cajun dish”.

Did anybody originally think of the quote “tastes so good, make you wanna slap ya mama!” from the movie Friday After Next? No…? Yeah, me neither.

Anyways, the name ‘Slap Ya Mama’ comes from a loving place! You can use Slap Ya Mama Seasoning on all sorts of dishes – from popcorn to seafood, to gourmet foods and French fries.

Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning has a shelf life of 3 years (when stored in a cool dry place), is kosher, gluten-free, and contains no MSG.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Buy Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning?

You can buy this seasoning from their official website, Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club, or Target. You can purchase all of the spices in the recipes at most grocery stores.

Is Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Gluten Free?

Yes. Slap Ya Mama seasoning and all listed substitutes contain no wheat and are therefore gluten free.

Is Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Vegan?

Yes. This seasoning along with all its discussed substitutes contain no animal products and are therefore vegan.

Final Considerations

I appreciate your love for Cajun food! I have found that Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning reigns supreme in the cajun flavor department.

However, if you don’t have the SYM Original blend – or are just looking for something a bit different – I hope you have found these substitutes helpful. Happy cooking!

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