Whenever I can, I try make meals with fresh ingredients. I'll go to great lengths to make fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, and roasted corn and black bean salads for a fun taco dinner. But then I go and buy a packet of taco seasoning. NEVER again!
Did you know that 1/6 of that packet is sodium? It has preservatives in it that are processed and very unhealthy for us including Carmel food coloring. Bleck...
But here's the thing...you probably have everything in your pantry to whip up a homemade taco seasoning any night of the week.
I found this from Rachel Ray, and it's so pretty right?!
It's so simple to make your own! You could even give this as a gift, and layer the spices making what looks like sand art! Check this out... (from Rachel Ray)
Homemade Taco Seasoning
adapted from allrecipes.com
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. (Or you can mix it together in the container you are going to store it in–just give it a shake!)
2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture plus 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to one pound of cooked meat (of your choice). Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until there is very little liquid left in the pan.
3. Serve with your favorite taco topping! I recommend lots of sour cream, fresh salsa, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and tomato.