It has been several years since I switched from those little packets of taco seasoning to making my own. I found this recipe in The Complete Tightwad Gazette (page 423) and it is very good.
I recently bought one of those little packets of brand name taco seasoning because it was a loss leader and I had a coupon so it was basically free. I made tacos with it. Nope. Give me the homemade mix every time. Once you try it from scratch, you won’t want anything else.
I mix mine in a small glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- 6 tsp chili powder
- 4 and 1/2 tsp cumin
- 5 tsp paprika
- 3 tsp onion powder
- 2 and 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Mix all the ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator.
Use the seasoning mix according to taste when adding to the cooked ground beef. Start with a few teaspoons and add more as needed. I always add salt to mine as well since there is no salt in the mix. As with other seasoning mixes, you also add water to achieve the sauce consistency you desire.
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About Sallie’s Favorite Comfort Food Recipes
These are recipes I have enjoyed throughout my life – as a child, as a young woman, and now as a wife and mom. I am sharing them because they taste good and are relatively easy to make. They only require basic ingredients that most women will be able to easily find and afford. I encourage you to use the best ingredients your can afford for the best results. It really does make a tremendous difference in the quality of the final product.
For example, I only use King Arthur Unbleached Flour for regular baking. After some inexplicable failed results at long-time favorites, I no longer use store brand butter for any baking. I only use Land O’Lakes. The difference is substantial and can mean the difference between a high quality end product and a mess.
And, please, if you do try one of my recipes and like it, come back and let me know in a comment. I truly do appreciate it when people do so!
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