Make your own homemade taco seasoning mix. Just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry can be combined to make your own spice mix.
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Make Your Own Spice Mixes
It can be annoying when you are in the middle of a recipe and realize that you do not have an ingredient. Even more so when that ingredient is critical like a spice mix. Sometimes, driving to the store to pick up more is not an option.
Therefore, it is wonderful to have a few of your favorite spice mix recipes on hand to whip together in minutes.
Use Pantry Spices to Create Your Own Mix
With just Seven Ingredients you will be on your way to mixing up your own batch of seasonings.
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ground Cumin
- Black Pepper
Control and Vary the Taco Seasoning Mix Ingredients
You might even decide that you like making your own versus purchasing a pre-made spice mix.
If you prefer a bit more heat, add a bit of cayenne pepper.
On the other hand, if you prefer the taco seasoning to be a bit more smokey, add smoked paprika rather than sweet paprika.
Storing Seasoning Mixes
In general, any seasoning mix that you make will keep for 6 months and possibly up to a year. Store the spice blends in clean containers that have a good seal. Make sure to label the container with both the name of the mix and date.
This will help assure that you are using fresh spice mixes as you prepare your favorite meals.
Taco Soup Recipe from a Restaurant Menu
For years, I cooked in restaurants. This delicious soup was on the menu of one local eatery. Simple ingredients, yet so delicious. This would be a wonderful recipe to use your own taco seasoning mix.
Determining How Much Spice Mix to Use
As a general rule of thumb, I start with 1-2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning mix. Use a clean teaspoon and taste the recipe. Add more as needed. The reason I say start with a few teaspoons first; once you add too much of any seasoning, it is very hard to undo. Therefore, start small and continue to add the seasoning until it is just right for you.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- 4 teaspoons Chili Powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Onion Powder
- 10 teaspoons Paprika
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 3 teaspoons Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Mix all of the ingredients together.
- Use a funnel to pour into an air-tight storage container. This will help make less mess.
- Label and store up to 6 months.
- Use 1-2 teaspoons at a time for recipes. Adjust as needed.
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