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Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Turn over that packet of taco seasoning in your pantry, and read the ingredients. Does it say 'spices,' but the ingredients still include starch, sugar, and salt? Probably! Most prepackaged seasoning mixes include preservatives to help maintain their shelf life. But what about those 'spices?' Can you make your own mix? The answer is a resounding 'yes!'

The beauty of making your own mix is that you can control the spice. Feeling a little ill? Use less chili powder: no need to compensate with other ingredients. Here's a basic blend that you can tailor to your particular tastes and needs:

1 tbsp chili powder

3/4 tsp garlic or onion salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp dried oregano

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and store in an airtight container. That's it! I use about 2 tablespoons of the mix per pound of beef. Instead of water, I use about 2-3 tablespoons of a sauce or salsa I have on hand. To avoid leaking tacos, add only enough to moisten the taco meat.


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