Sunday, January 27, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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The convenience of buying a packet of seasoning is just that . . .convenient.
However, the taste isn't anything to write home about.
Not only that .  . . how hard can it be to make your own seasoning packet?
All the packaged stuff has done is put all of the ingredients in one location, right?
Why not make your own seasoning, whether it's for tacos or chili, or anything else you want!
When you make your own, you are not only saving money, but you're getting better tasting stuff that suites your taste!
Isn't that why we cook, anyway?
Here's a quick taco seasoning mix to stir up and that you can store in a ziplock bag, a plastic container, or a cleaned out seasoning container!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 TBSP chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. paprika
3 TBSP ground cumin
1-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, Cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Yields about 2 3/4 tablespoons.
Use about 2 TBSP of the taco seasoning for every 1 pound of meat.  You might want to experiment with the intensity of flavor in your recipe.  Brown meat and drain the fat;  add the seasoning and stir.  You can add up to 1/2 cup of water if you desire.  Simmer and stir until water is absorbed. If you want more of a sauce throw in about 2 tablespoons of flour with the water and don't simmer as long!

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