Sunday, November 17, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix ~ it's better than store-bought!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix ~ it's better than store-bought!
As shared by Once Upon a Plate by Mari

One recipe makes the equivalent of one packet store-bought. Enough to season 4 to 6 servings of filling. I always triple or quadruple recipe and store in an airtight jar in the pantry or refrigerator.

Please do adjust the seasonings according to what you like, feel free to increase or decrease the ingredients to your taste. I like to use less salt in the mix, as you can always add more as you're cooking your taco meat, but you cannot "unsalt" the mix!  ;)

1 Tablespoon chili powder* 
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons onion powder (not onion salt)
1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (I only add a tiny pinch)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 to 1 teaspoon paprika
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt*
1/4 to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Use about 2 Tablespoons mix to 1 pound of meat (more if you like it more flavorful)

If using to season ground beef: Brown beef in pan, drain/pour off fat. Sprinkle seasoning over meat and add 1/3 cup of water; stir. Simmer until water is absorbed, taste and adjust seasonings. 

Click here for recipe for delicious Mexican style chicken meat recipe to use in your favorite Mexican dishes.

*Chili Powder: I just use the kind usually labeled "Dark Chili Powder" ~ check the label;  it usually lists Chili Pepper, Spices, Salt, and Garlic in the ingredients. (Because it already has salt in it, I take that into consideration when adding to other recipes, like this one.)

I hope you love it!