Over the weekend, I spoke on the Frugality panel for Vision Forum’s food conference, The Reformation of Food & the Family. The complete name of the panel discussion was, “Resolving the tension between feeding your family a healthy, high quality diet and staying within the constraints of a tight budget.” It was loads of fun, and we could have spent hours on the subject!
One of the things I mentioned was making our own taco seasoning. This is one easy way to save money and avoid added MSG or other unnecessary chemicals and preservatives. I have a big Taco Seasoning container we bought at Costco, and when it gets low we usually refill it ourselves instead of buying a new one.
Making your own taco seasoning is surprisingly easy, and the results are as good or better than the purchased mixes. Doing it yourself lets you control the amount of sugar and salt as well. We make ours to taste like the mix we buy, but you can easily tweak the ingredients for your family.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
makes about 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup chili powder
- 1/2 cup cumin
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 1 Tbs granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 2 Tbs onion powder or 4 Tbs dried minced onion
- 2 tsp. oregano
Combine in an airtight container.