Home-made Mexican seasoning

Posted on September 14, 2009

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thanks to justfoodnow.wordpress.com for image

thanks to justfoodnow.wordpress.com for image

Store bought taco seasoning – 1. is a waste of money & 2. is full of garbage like high fructose corn syrup & 3. sometimes contains wheat gluten – so a much better way of using spices is to create your own mix to use on any kind of meat or vegetable. This way, you control what goes in, how it tastes, how spicy it is, and that there are no fillers or junk in there. This is a large-batch recipe so you can make it once & it will last you for several different cooked meals. You can use all of this or whatever you have in the cabinet, this combo is spicy & zesty, just how I like my mexican meals!

  • 1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder – does not make it hot, just zesty
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes  – makes it hot so go more or less depending on what you like
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 2 1/2 tsp.. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin – smoky, a great often overlooked spice, tastes different than it smells
  • 1 Tbsp.. plus 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Black Pepper (optional) – also gives heat

You’ll measure out 2 Tbsp. of the seasoning per pound of meat or as a sprinkle over veg as you grill or saute them.

To learn what to use this with, check out my recipes on mexican-style meals (I have to say ‘mexican-style’ because I’m neither Mexican or a chef so I am not actually cooking Mexican food, but it has many of the same flavors and thus, I call it ‘mexican-style’ meals.

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