Tacos are a staple in our house! They are quick, easy, inexpensive, and delicious. But have you every looked at the ingredients listed on a packet of store-bought taco seasoning? No bueno. Here’s an example:
Maltodextrin. Silicon Dioxide? Ethoxyquin?! My philosophy on packaged items is that if the ingredients listed aren’t things I could cook with at home, I shouldn’t be buying them. The pre-mixed taco seasoning packets at the store have added junk that can be avoided by simply mixing up your own.
Making your own taco spice mix not only eliminates unnecessary additives, it’s always way cheaper! This recipe makes about a 1/2 cup of seasoning for just $.54 and will season about 3 pounds of ground beef. Compare that to one packet of the store-bought stuff for $.79. Now which is the better deal?
The best part is that this recipe uses ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard. By making your own spice mixes, you can save money by buying spices in bulk and using them for a variety of dishes!
- 2 tbsp chili powder (15 g): $.13
- 2 tbsp cumin (15 g): $.13
- 1 tbsp paprika (7 g): $.06
- 1 tbsp garlic powder (7 g): $.06
- 1 tbsp onion powder (7 g): $.06
- 1 tsp oregano (2 g): $.02
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (2 g): $.02
- 1 tsp sea salt (4 g): $.04
- 1 tsp pepper (2 g): $.02
- Combine all ingredients in a small jar.
- Shake to mix.
- Store in pantry.
- Use 3 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of ground beef in tacos, fajitas, or in chili!
- This recipe makes about a 1/2 cup total.
- Adjust ingredients to your liking.
- Don't like spicy? Cut the red pepper flakes in half or eliminate completely!
- Love garlic? Double the garlic powder for some extra oomph!
- If needed, add more salt. It's better to have too little in your seasoning mix than too much so that you can modify it as you cook.
- Total Servings: 3 | Total Cost: $.54 | Cost per Serving: $.18
- One serving equals about 3 tablespoons.
Curious where I get my prices from? The cost of spices vary greatly. All of these ingredients are available from Aldi for $.99 for an average quantity of 4oz (113 g) per jar. To keep things simple, I’ve calculated all costs based on this price. For my complete Budget Grocery Price List, check out this page!
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