Showing posts with label spice blends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spice blends. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mama's Recipes: Taco seasoning blend

Mama's Recipes: Taco seasoning blend

I didn't know that you could buy taco seasoning until I went to college and roommates were bringing it home from the store. My mom always made her own and kept it in an ancient tupperware container in the cupboard. While it isn't hugely expensive to purchase taco seasoning from the store, it is more expensive than homemade, involved extra packaging and some have an extraordinary level of salt and some also have MSG. Making your own skips all of the gross stuff!

This is not salt-free as chili powder contains salt, but it is significantly less than store bought.

Money saving tip? If you can find spices in an ethnic food store, they're often available in plastic baggies and cost a whole lot less than buying from the big-bog grocery stores. 

Taco seasoning blend

Mix the following in a small glass jar or tupperware container. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of beef, turkey or soy crumbles.

1/4 cup dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup chili powder
2-3 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
2-3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Putting this mix into a cute jar could be a simple gift.

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