Quite a few of my friends make their own taco seasoning, but I know there’s got to be many of you out there that still throw that packet into your grocery cart, or buy that big container at bulk at Costco. Either convenience calls your name, or you’ve just never thought about it. But wait….you’ve got all the spices at home to whip it up yourself. It only takes a couple minutes, and has no HIDDEN ingredients. That means no MSG or sugar!
Homemade taco seasoning is a great place to start in the quest for cooking from scratch in the kitchen. If you’re trying to eat healthier, and cut back on processed foods…then this is a great first step. It may seem small, but it all adds up. One time saver I like to do is make several batches at once. Line up as many small dishes as you want, pull out all your spices and get to town measuring. Then put each serving into it’s own ziploc bag or other container. I imagine you could even store it all together in one big mason jar, but I’ve never thought of how many tablespoons I’d need per pound of beef.
This also would make a great project to do in the kitchen with your kids….can you say fractions? Math? Sneak it in…they’ll never know they’re learning. It’d also make a great gift!
Looking for a few dinner ideas to pair with your homemade taco seasoning? Try some of our favorites:
And for breakfast:
My favorite omelette ~ Taco Omelette
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- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Measure and place all ingredients into a bowl. Put on lid and shake well. Makes enough for one pound of beef. Can also be stored indefinitely with your other spices.