Tacos. Need I say more?
Just like my ranch mix, my hope is that you will read this and realize how much money you can save by making your own. Seriously, you probably already have everything in your spice cabinet. And don’t even get me started on how it will save you from the added MSG and preservatives in pre-made mixes…
If you are missing something, remember to purchase your spices in bulk! You will save yourself tons of money and time running to the grocery store to get another little bottle. Not to mention that you will do your little part saving to Earth by not adding unnecessary bottles to the waste pile. A multitude of positive reasons! We buy ours in large bottles or plastic bags that we keep in the pantry and then fill small Ball glass jars with shakers for immediate use in the kitchen.
So, gather your ingredients, a medium sized mixing bowl, something to stir with, and something to store your mix in.
After a couple years of tweaking my recipe, here is what I like best:
- 1/2 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup onion powder
- 2 TBSP cumin
- 2 TBSP garlic powder
- 2 TBSP kosher salt
- 1 TBSP smoked paprika
- 1 TBSP black pepper
You can always add/subtract/tweak to your personal taste!
Measure your spices into your mixing bowl. No need to separate them as I do, but mixing is just more fun when you do!
Thoroughly mix your spices, making sure to break up any spice balls as you do.
Transfer your mix to an airtight container. I use a mason jar with a handy label-maker made label.
To use, brown and drain your meat. Sprinkle on 3 TBSP of mix and add 1/3 cup water to your pan. Allow flavors to come together by simmering for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
I also use the taco mix to make shrimp and fish tacos. Sear your shrimp/fish in olive oil, then sprinkle on about 1 TBSP of mix per lb of seafood. No need to add water.
You can also add it to quick salsas, salads, and soups – I love having ingredients on hand that are so versatile!