Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

I have been trying to ween myself off the rice mixes, oatmeal mixes, macaroni & cheese, pancakes mixes that had been a staple of my diet. Realized I was just paying waaaay too much for convenience and it wasn’t very healthy.

My husband loves Old El Paso taco mix, we have it about once a week. We used to get the reduced sodium package that is $1 per packet. Then, to save money we started buying the canister for $4. Never thought to try to make taco mix on my own, until I saw this ‘home hack’ tutorial on the kitchn (I love their home hacks!). I am going to test it out this week and not tell my husband about it…

Seems pretty easy to make and it lasts for up to a year, so you can make your own canister for a lot less and will save on packaging too. We’ve got a bulk food store right down the street, so spices will be cheap. (Not sure how to make it reduced sodium though – any ideas?

Here’s the recipe:

*1 teaspoon Cornstarch
*2 teaspoons Chili Powder
*1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
*2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
*1 teaspoon ground Cumin
*1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper/Paprika
*2 teaspoons dried Onions

Just combine them all in a zip lock bag, shake it up and then pour into an air-tight container.

To Use: Start with 4tsp/pound of meat, and then add to taste. 7tsp is recommended. Good for seasoning turkey, chicken, beef & pork.

To read more about the cost and how to use this seasoning, here’s the link to the original article: How To Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

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