It happens in our family at least once a week, and more often in the summer. We love to make our own tacos! Each person gets to pile the ingredients they want on their plate while being unique.
My only issue with taco night is the taco seasoning you buy in the store is full of chemicals, and many things we don’t want.
The stuff in the packages from Aldi and Walmart also have wheat and since some of my family can’t have wheat, it just makes more sense to make your own. Add in the fact that the spices they do use are so cheap, yet they can charge almost $1 per packet is just infuriating!
Learning to how make homemade taco seasoning isn’t that hard at all.
It just takes a few spices, a mason jar and some love! It can be done in bulk and extra frozen for another time, if you wish. I like to make a big batch that would last us a year, and keep only 2 or 3 servings in my pantry. Freezing the rest helps to keep the seasonings more flavorful.
The spices I use can also be grown in your own herb garden and dried, making this even cheaper to make for yourself.
It’s kind of amazing what you can do with just a few spices mixed together, isn’t it? Here is my go to recipe for DIY Taco Seasoning that is a huge hit in my family:
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup cumin
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
- 1/4 cup dried onion, or onion powder if you prefer
- 1/4 TEASPOON cayenne pepper (more or less, to taste for spiciness)
Mix all together and store in a covered jar or container for up to 6 months
To use, simply add 1/4 cup of mix and 1 cup of water for each pound of browned meat. Use to make tacos, taco salad, potato taco bake, taco pizza, taco burgers, or even add some spice to mashed potatoes!