Monday, March 28, 2011

Simply make your own taco seasoning.

I can be such a culinary moron sometimes.

We eat a lot of Mexican food here. It is so simple and everybody in this house will eat it. Yet, it took me 35 years to figure out I could make taco seasoning myself. I think I thought it was some exotic mixture filled with secret 'Mexican' ingredients.

Not so much.

Here is my recipe which I used so that I could have a full jar on hand at all times...

4 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon paprika
6 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoon black pepper

Simply mix them all up in a pretty jar and store in a cool dry place, like all other spices. Keep some shredded chicken in your freezer. And then when you are pressed for a quick meal- throw some of your chicken in a fry pan with a couple tablespoons of your taco mix and a bit of water and heat it up.

You can then throw it on a whole wheat tortilla wrap with some black beans, corn, bit of shredded cheese, black olives... whatever your family likes in their quesadillas, throw another tortilla on top and heat in a nice hot cast iron skillet for a minute and you have a quick snack for hungry mouths.

Serve up with salsa, sour cream or Greek yogurt with a pinch of your taco seasoning mixed in... I think I know whats for dinner!

(Like my sweet antique Ball jar with chalk board sticker??? Me too! Those stickers are so freakin' fun!)


  1. Ohh I will do that!! Probably less sodium than buying those packages anyway. I love that it is a sticker. I am going to buy some right now!!!

  2. i'm new to your blog, but i love it! and i saw this in my reader and thought, "i probably don't have any of those spices." but really? it's that simple? *sigh* well i feel stupid.

  3. How is it that this never occurred to me before?! Simple, WAY cheaper and greener than using all those packets or plastic jars. Can't wait to do this and I'm totally getting those stickers, they have so many different designs!

  4. I've sort of cheated before, but never really took note of the ratio...but I'm wondering what the cost savings is...sometimes, it's just easier to buy the $0.79 packet.

    I guess of course, if I made a ton, that wouldn't be the case, right?