Don’t Buy It, Make It: Taco Seasonings

Taco night is THE night at our house. It’s one of those meals that utilizes most of our cookware and creates an impressive stack of post-meal dishes for we also do Spanish rice and refried beans. In short, the effort is totally worth it.

Our house does the “build your own tacos” where I cook the meat, put it in the shells and melt the cheese but the rest of the ingredients is only limited by each person’s creativity. From sour cream to homemade pico de gallo to jalapenos, each shell is a unique creation.

With the shelled version or even when making a soup version, a vital ingredient in the dish is taco seasoning. In the past, I have often just purchased one of the pouches in the International food aisle at the grocery store and called it good. Sometimes I behaved and bought the one with less sodium, but usually I go for the “HOT” version of whatever brand is the cheapest. While the packet may not break the bank, making the seasoning is just as easy as buying it.

Here’s why it works: 1) For the most part, you probably have the makings at home in your spice cupboard. Instead of them taking up space, put them to work for your next taco night!  2) If you don’t have one of the ingredients, purchase it and then you can make tons of seasoning for little investment.  3) You can control the HEAT and the SODIUM levels. Think of it as your own custom spice blend. 4) Think tacos are fantastic? Take them up a notch with your homemade spice blend. There’s something special about tacos spiced up by your own hand.

Without further adieu, here is a basic recipe for DIY Taco Seasoning. Experiment. Find the flavor combo that you dig:

DIY TACO SEASONING

1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp minced onions (or 1/4 tsp onion powder)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1-1/2 ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne (optional, and add more for more heat)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients until well blended. Use right away or store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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