In my last post for the Spanish Rice and Chicken Soup, I mentioned that I use my own homemade taco seasoning. Well, I had so many people ask for the recipe in the comments and through email that I decided I’d just go ahead and post it. I needed to make up some to replenish my supply anyway :-)
I think this mix contains just about the same spices as most of those packets you can pick up at the grocery store. The difference is that I can pronounce all the ingredients in my mix. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use a purchased mix – I do use them occasionally and they’re very good. But I do know that there are people who have sensitivities to some of the preservatives and anti-caking agents that pre-mixed seasonings might contain. Plus, it’s just more economical. True, the purchase of the several jars of spices costs more up front, but they’re pretty common things that you’ll use in daily cooking. If you do a lot of Mexican or southwestern style cooking, you’ll find that having this homemade taco seasoning mix on hand is very convenient.
Be sure to also check the links at the bottom of this post. I found lots of other homemade seasoning mixes for you online! I haven’t tried all of them so I can’t vouch for each one, but they sure do look interesting! I’ll be adding several of those to my pantry soon.
I love all the colors of the spices in the mix! Aren’t they pretty?
You can mix it all up in a jar, a plastic storage container…whatever you have that can be tightly sealed. I usually just measure it through a funnel straight into my jar. Simply mix it all together thoroughly and store it tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.
When making tacos or burritos, I normally use about two tablespoons of seasoning mix per pound of ground beef. You might want to add a little less at first and adjust according to your taste.
- 2 tblsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tblsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 tsp. ground black pepper
- Mix together thoroughly. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
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Other homemade seasoning mixes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix from Gimme Some Oven
- Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix from bell’alimento
- Apple and Pumpkin Pie Spice Mixes from Baking Bites
- Southern Spice Blend from Eclectic Recipes
- Cajun Spice Mix from Tide and Thyme
- Homemade Curry Powder from Veggie Belly
- Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning from Simply Scratch
- Herbes de Provence from About.com
- Homemade Five Spice Powder from Foodie with Family
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