Has anyone tried Mexican oregano as a substitute for marjoram? I have a recipe for marinated ancho chiles, and the recipe calls for thyme and marjoram. I live in Latvia, finding marjoram is impossible- but I do have a big bag of mexican oregano
See Substitute for marjoram - which says you can substitute oregano. The thing is, that Mexican oregano isn't actually oregano at all, but a completely unrelated plant that tastes a bit like oregano… though not enough to actually be confused if you have them side by side.
I'm surprised, if you're living in mainland Europe, that you can get Mexican oregano but not European or indeed marjoram. I'm in the UK where European oregano is all you can find in supermarkets - I have to buy my Mexican specially imported online.
I used to make Mexican food using European oregano for years, until I discovered the difference. Now I'm aware of it, I never swap one for the other.