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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Instead of buying packets, I like to make my own taco seasoning because I can control the salt content and it's a lot cheaper since I have the ingredients on hand anyway for other recipes. I like to use the following recipe from Jonni McCoy of Miserly Moms.

Taco Seasoning Mix
Makes approximately 15 tablespoons
(3 tablespoons is equivalent to one seasoning packet)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I like to use white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour)
2 T chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp salt
4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano

Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until powdery for 5 seconds or less (don't over blend). Use the "pulse" feature if your blender has one. Add more cayenne powder if you prefer it hotter. (I don't bother blending the ingredients - I find the mixture works perfectly well as is.)

Store in an airtight container for up to six months.



  • At 10/1/07, 4:52 AM, Blogger Mommy Chef said…

    Thank you for posting this! I never remember to buy those packets at the store and I always need it!

  • At 10/1/07, 5:22 AM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Glad to help!

  • At 10/1/07, 11:59 AM, Blogger Kacie said…

    I'm going to have to try this recipe! I'm going to try to figure out how much this costs per serving, compared to the packets. And, I like that you can customize it to your own tastes.

  • At 10/1/07, 1:21 PM, Blogger Tracy said…

    Do you mix it with water like you do with the seasoning packets?

  • At 10/4/07, 8:23 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Sorry it's taken me a few days to get back to you both - I've been so under the weather!

    @Kacie - If you click on the recipe title, it'll take you to the original recipe posted by Jonni on the Dollar Stretcher. At the bottom, she has a cost, which even if it's off by a factor of three or four, is still cheaper than Taco Bell brand packets, which is what I used to use (Marc adamantly refused McCormick brand).

    @Tracy - Yup, I add 1/4 cup or so of water for ground meat.

  • At 1/27/11, 3:58 AM, Blogger Brenda Padilla Ericksen said…

    It's great to reduce the salt - but maybe even more exciting to eliminate those flavour enhancers!!!



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