If your family is like mine, you might look forward to taco night.
We love tacos and it always guarantees a pleasant evening meal without complaints or arguing from my darling little angels.
We usually buy the bulk taco seasoning at Costco and I have never really taken a look at what is inside the container- I just assume spices and stuff to make my tacos yummy. Enough said.
But I ran out of seasoning a few weeks ago and decided to play around making seasoning from scratch.
If taco seasoning is not something you already made, I would encourage you to give it a shot! It is so easy and very cheap and I personally liked it better then what I used to buy. I know exactly what goes into my food and I can adjust the recipe to suit out tastes perfectly.
Plus what I found really interesting is that I took the tiny bit of seasoning left in the container and smelled that versus what I had just mixed together and it was a huge difference in aroma. The homemade seasoning just smelled very vibrant and fresh and the packaged stuff smelled really artificial. (Give it a shot and see if you agree!)
So if you want to whip this up yourself it is extremely fast. And you don’t need to stockpile the pantry with tons of jars if you don’t have all the spices needed for the recipe. My bulk bins at the grocery store have these spices that you can buy in small quantities for pennies.
The important note is that this is just a sample recipe to use as a springbaord. You can add in some extra spice for more of a kick, increase certain flavors or omit things you don’t like to get a perfectly customized homemade seasoning.
Here is what I used:
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (add up to 1 tablespoon depending on how spicy you like your seasoning. We like ours very mild.)
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1½ teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground sea salt (omit or decrease for a low sodium version)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional: for a spicier version you can also add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- Mix all ingredients together in a container.
This recipe makes enough for (2) taco nights for our family of 4. If you like the recipe you can always double or triple the recipe so you have it on hand in larger quantities.
AND if you are interested I have a cute little free printable label for the seasoning. I found this little jar for $.99 at World Market and you can add the seasoning into your jar and then print the label out and tie it on with a ribbon.
This might be a fun little gift for someone inside a grilling gift basket. My go to for delivering meals to friends that have had babies or are sick is always a taco meal kit.
This is one I put together recently for a friend recovering from surgery. Just shredded chicken, tortillas, homemade salsa, avocado, limes, cheese, olives, lettuce and the homemade seasoning.
This was so easy to assemble and tacos are always a crowd pleaser.
And since we are talking tacos– you might also like these recipes:
Fresh Homemade Blender Salsa (Holy cow this is good!)
Cilantro Lime Guacamole (I could eat that entire bowl myself- yum!)