Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I bet you had no idea you could make your own taco seasoning at home, did you? These days, I am all about making things at home instead of buying them directly from the store and this taco seasoning is one of those things. I know it may seem silly to make something when you can so quickly run to the store and pick up one of those foil packets in the spice isle, but have you seen what is really in those packets? There are ingredients I can't even pronounce! You'd think it would just be a bunch of spices, but nope. Those cute little foil packets are loaded with salt and all kinds of preservatives. Ick. I don't think you want those in your body, and I know I don't. Thus, I bring you homemade taco seasoning you can make at home that is salt free and preservative free!

To make your own seasoning, you'll need a handful of spices that you probably already have. Nothing funky here. Just chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, and onion powder. See, told you nothing too funky. Mix it all together, store in mason jar and you are good to go. Here is a tip - if you are planning on making this in bulk, Costco has the best prices on spices in large quantities. Trust me, you don't want to have to buy five or six of those little spice container from the store. One, they are expensive and two, it's just silly. And wasteful. Okay, that was three reasons. Two tablespoons and half a cup of water will season one pound of ground beef. You don't just have to limit this to ground beef thought. You can use it on shredded chicken, marinade for fajitas or even in your favorite enchiladas. It's even great on shrimp! Just think of all the things you can use it for. Even better, it makes a great gift! Simple. Easy. Delicious. It doesn't get much better than that.

Homemade Taco Seasoning (Brown Eyed Baker)

4 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container

You'll never go back to store bought taco seasoning again!

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