February 4, 2013
Make Your Own: Taco Seasoning
Making your own spice mixes like this not only saves you a trip to the store, but it's also a lot cheaper than buying them ready made and tastes better too. Plus you control what you put in the mix, and if you're like me and prefer organic things, you know what you're making is also healthier than what you find at the store. It's a win win situation all around!
Now, let's get to shaking! ;)
What You'll Need:
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of black pepper (Note: More if you like pepper, less if you don't.)
2 tablespoons of chili powder
2 tablespoons of paprika (Note: I used plain this time, but you can used the smoked variety if you prefer. I've done that before and it gives you a bit more depth in the taste.)
1 teaspoon of cumin
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Place in ingredients in a bowl and thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients. Once mixed put in an airtight container and store in your pantry or cupboard until ready to use. Or if you'd like you can just mix it all in a small jar and shake, then cover for storage and skip having to clean to bowl.
To use to make tacos, add two heaping tablespoons of the mixture to 1 pound of cooked ground meat (beef, chicken, etc.) along with 2 cups of water and cook until the water evaporates.
Now you're ready to make tacos, or go crazy and make burritos or nachos, or well, you get the picture. ;o)
Notes: You can also add in 1/2 to a 1/2 teaspoon of round cayenne pepper if you want to spice things up a bit or 1 teaspoon of ground chipolte powder for an added little kick.
Posted by Dianne at February 4, 2013 1:26 PM
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Have you noticed how much spice blend prices have more than doubled in the last few years? Thank you for giving us a recipe to make a delicious, yet economical blend!
Posted by: Noelle Markus at April 11, 2013 8:27 PM
It's been years since I've bought a spice blend and not just made them myself, but it doesn't surprise me. I even make my own vanilla extract. So much cheaper, and tastes so much better! I'm going to dry some herbs this summer and make them completely from scratch. I usually buy each individual herb and then mix them, which is cheaper than the pre-made mixes, but still not completely cheap either.
Posted by: Dianne at April 14, 2013 10:41 AM