Thursday, March 18, 2010
If you've been reading this blog even for a short amount of time, you'll know that I'm not a big fan of packaged foods. It's not that I don't ever buy them, use them or eat them, but there are some things that are just better when made from scratch. They taste better, they're better for your health and they're better on your wallet!
I realize that sometimes it's more convenient to go that route and trust me - been there, done that. But sometimes it's not. Taco seasoning is one of those things that can easily be duplicated at home and offer a more authentic flavor than what you get out of a little packet!
It's so easy to throw together and once again, you control the amount of ingredients that go in. You can omit certain seasonings, double up on others and my favorite: lower the amount of salt. A lot of those pre-packaged items at the store are filled with high levels of sodium and preservatives and personally, I find the flavors to be a bit over-powering.
Chances are you have most, if not all, of these ingredients in your spice cupboard and the best part...it's okay if you don't! Don't worry about running out to pick one up...you can play with the other ingredients and it'll still taste great!
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Combine all ingredients in a resealable container. Place the lid on and shake vigorously until well blended.
May be used immediately for cooking or stored in container for future use.
Yield: 4 Servings
Source: With a Cherry on Top
Labels: Seasonings and Sauces