Cumin has a pungent, warm earthy flavor. Widely used in Indian, Middle Eastern, North African and Mexican cooking, cumin also features in German cooking. Add ground cumin to salsa, couscous, bean soup or vegetable stew. Combine cumin with chile peppers to season chili, tacos or enchiladas. Cumin is a key ingredient in Indian masala and curry blends. Mix ground cumin with mayonnaise for a tasty dip or spread.