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Homemade Taco Seasoning



I previously posted about how every year I try to take better advantage of time, store sales, etc. to prepare some meals in advance to either stock the freezer or make the rest of the week easier, however why stop with the perishables?!  One of my favorite pantry staples is definitely taco seasoning, and I finally got rid of all the prepackaged taco seasoning in our pantry and made my own.  It takes less than 5 minutes to make up a big batch of homemade taco seasoning so I don't know why it took me so long, but now that I have I'll never buy another packet again!

Sometimes I'm a little nervous to try something homemade when it's always delicious from a box, packet, etc. because the flavor just isn't the same, however there was no need to be nervous about this!  Not only is it not full of preservatives, it's still full of flavor!  Seriously, make a batch of this and you won't regret it!  Keep it in the pantry and you'll be one step closer to having a quick meal ready to go!



Homemade Taco Seasoning
Ingredients:4 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix well to blend.  Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To prepare taco meat, use about 3 - 3 1/2 heaping tablespoons in place of a package of taco seasoning (cook approximately 1 lb. of beef or chicken, add 1 cup of water with the seasoning, and simmer until the liquid is almost completely gone.)

Source: seen on Annie's Eats

(edited March 2011 to reflect more accurate measurements for seasoning per 1 lb. of cooked meat)

Comments

  1. I felt the same way before I tried making my own taco seasoning, your look wonderful. I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this taco seasoning widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about taco seasoning,Thanks!

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  2. Oooh I love it! We're huge taco fans, because quite frankly it's easy and always good :) But I'm a slave to the packets. Perhaps I'll give this a try and ditch the ol' packet mix!

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