DIY – Taco Seasoning Mix

Mmm.  Tacos.  I looooove tacos, don’t you?

 

Over the past few years, one of my goals has been to learn how to make many typically store-bought items from scratch.  Not only is it healthier (have you looked at the ingredient list of what you buy?), it’s also much more frugal.  It’s crazy how quickly a grocery bill adds up when you buy all of those little items that are supposed to be so convenient.   Like taco seasoning, for example.  This is such an easy item to make ahead of time or even while you are making dinner that I haven’t bought it in years.

 

When I started making taco seasoning myself, I just used chili powder and cumin, two items I always had on hand for our gazillion batches of chili each winter.  (What can I say?  We like chili.)  But now that I’ve added a few more ingredients, it tastes a little more like the store-bought variety, only without all the preservatives and chemicals.

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1-2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp cayenne pepper

4 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp corn starch

1 tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp salt (I use pink Himalayan sea salt because it’s pretty it has so many health benefits, but fine sea or table salt works fine.)

optional: garlic powder and onion powder

 

Directions: mix all ingredients in a bowl or jar with lid.  That’s it.  🙂  To use: add 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning to one pound of browned ground beef along with 1-2 tablespoons of water.  Mix thoroughly over low heat until powder is evenly mixed in.

Hints:

  1. If you have a small glass jar sitting in your recycling bin, try removing the label and washing thoroughly… and ta-da!  You have a recycled, BPA-free, cost-effective container.
  2. We choose not to add garlic or onion powders because we always have those fresh.  But if you do prefer to use the powdered variety, add 1 tbsp of each.
  3. Don’t be afraid to adjust the recipe to your own taste.  For example, if you want a milder recipe, add less cayenne pepper.
  4. Cornstarch is optional.  I add this ingredient because it thickens the mix when water is added, similar to a store-bought mix.  But it’s perfectly fine to skip the cornstarch.
  5. This mix always works great for chili.  I usually just add a little extra chili powder to my chili.
  6. Spices can be expensive and I recommend buying them in bulk.  Your local natural foods store is a great resource, or many grocery stores have a bulk spice section.  I often just reuse an empty spice jar.

 

 

Do you make your own taco seasoning?  Do you do anything different?

 

Enjoy!

 

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