Homemade Taco Seasoning – Easy and Cheap

Homemade Taco Seasoning – Easy and Cheap!

Using spices that typically occupy our spice racks, a Smart Mama can make her very own taco seasoning.  We are lovers of tacos – hard & soft – and taco salad.  I keep a pack of ground turkey in the fridge for a yummy Mexican night!

Recently Isabella pleaded with, “Mom, can we pleeeeeeeeeasssssse have tacos tonight!”  Unfortunately, I didn’t think I could deliver because I had run out of the taco seasoning packets.  A quick glance at the spice rack, especially when I noticed the bottle of Chili powder, made me realize that I probably had everything the packets contain right here in my own kitchen.

There are tons of recipes online with varying ingredients to make your own taco seasonings.  The spices you need are more than likely already on hand in your kitchen!


I recommend that you hold onto an empty spice jar to store your homemade seasoning, a plastic container, or vintage spice jars typically found on ebay or the like.
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Here’s one of my favorite taco seasoning recipes that can be found at AllRecipes.com – http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/taco-seasoning-i/detail.aspx

This recipe makes about ¼ cup seasoning, which is what you’ll want to add to 1 – 1 ½ lbs of meat.  I encourage you to double or triple it so you have plenty on hand for your next few Mexican dinners!

Smart Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

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

Directions

Mix ingredients together.  Carefully pour into container or recycled spice bottle.

I use a white sticker label to indicate the seasoning and the made on date, and then place it on my spice rack!

A seasoning packet will cost anywhere from $1.00 – $1.50 at the grocery store and according to my rough calculations, this will cost you less than a dime!

Plus, now there is no need to waste time or gas running out to the store! Time to be a Smart Mama and stop buying the packets and go homemade for Taco Night!

Do you have a favorite homemade spice blend that you would like to share?  I welcome a reader to share his/her recipe with the Smarty Pants Mama community!

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