Tacos, tacos, tacos, and more tacos! As I said before in my “Taco Empanada” post, my husband absolutely loves tacos. We eat them almost weekly. Seriously. That means we go through a lot of taco seasoning. Up until recently I always just bought McCormick taco seasoning packets, but I decided that we didn’t need all the MSG and other additives. This, of course, brought me to the digital planet that we call The Internet. It was here that I discovered a recipe for homemade taco seasoning at http://mygrandmasrecipes.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/homemade-taco-seasoning-mix/. I had most of the ingredients sitting in my cabinet already, and I would be willing to bet that you do, too. I have used this seasoning twice, and it has been accepted by my ever-so-slightly picky husband. Now, I do have to say that I didn’t use this recipe exactly, but I will note where I changed things.
6 Tablespoons chili powder
5 Tablespoons paprika
4.5 Tablespoons cumin
2.5 Tablespoons onion powder
2.5 Tablespoons garlic powder
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 Tablespoon oregano
1/2 Tablespoon salt (This leaves the seasoning rather bland, so I upped it to a whole tablespoon.)
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper (This was a bit expensive, so I opted to just go with 1 teaspoon of ground red pepper this time. I will try to buy the cayenne next time around.)
Combine and store in an airtight container. (I am storing mine in the freezer, but I don’t think you have to do that. You could also use a food processor to mix the ingredients, just a thought.)
Use 2 heaping Tablespoons of mix + 1/2 – 3/4 cup water to turn browned ground beef into taco filling.
*As a gift: layer spices into a 2 pint Ball jar. Tie a ribbon around the lid, and there you go. 🙂