This is a new recipe for me. I haven’t used it yet. But, seriously, I just shared my favorite tortilla recipe. How could I not share this as well? Today’s experiment: Homemade Taco Seasoning.
This recipe was shared with me by my sister in law, Caitlin. She learned the recipe from her mom and was gracious enough to share it with me. Now everyone benefits!
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want your seasoning to be!)
Simply throw everything into a small freezer bag or storage container. Mix the ingredients together. So easy!
This recipe makes almost 8 tablespoons worth of seasoning. That equals four seasoning packets. Score!
And seriously, how much effort is it to throw this together? It’s as easy as throwing a taco seasoning packet into your grocery cart. And I already keep these spices on hand for all my recipes, which makes it even easier.
Is this a cheaper option than buying a seasoning packet? I really don’t know. I thought about trying to do the math, but math is not my forte and there were way too many figures involved to get the answer. If someone wants to figure this out, please do it and share with us your findings.
So how do you use this spice blend? Just as you would a seasoning packet. After you’ve browned your pound of ground beef or chicken, drain off the fat and add two (not heaping) tablespoons of your seasoning mix, along with 3/4 cup water. Let it simmer for five minutes.
Caitlin tells me that, having used seasoning packets in the past, this homemade seasoning blend is much better. I checked a seasoning packet I had in the cabinet to compare ingredients. They were mostly the same, except that “Sugar” was listed toward the beginning and there were also some preservatives thrown in there. Use this recipe, and you don’t have any added sugar, and less, if any, preservatives. Better flavor is always good in my book, but no added sugar and knowing exactly what I’m putting into it always makes a recipe more appealing to me.
Anyone else feeling hungry right about now?
What’s your favorite Mexican inspired main dish? How will you be using this seasoning blend?