Do yourself a favour; take a few minutes to mix together your own homemade Taco Seasoning Blend. With it on hand, you’ll have an endless supply of recipe possibilities! Prepared with what most of us have in our spice racks already, this blend will keep in your pantry for months!
TACO SEASONING BLEND
A short while ago, I posted a recipe for my Greek Seasoning Blend. It was such a hit. Everyone seemed to love it. So, I thought I would try my hand at another homemade blend. This time, let’s try this quick and easy Taco Seasoning Blend!
Who doesn’t love to have seasoning blends on hand for when the mood strikes? I, for one, have a fully stocked spice rack, and another dozen or so spices in our pantry. But, when I’m in a rush, I love to reach for a pre-assembled spice blend.
When I not in a rush, I like to reach into my spice collection and measure out exact amounts for each one. I tend to do this a lot when cooking soups, stews, or anything else that takes time and effort. Oh, here’s another great idea. Take a look at this awesome Spice Rack Sauce recipe!
On weeknights, even now that I’m working from home, I much prefer a grab-and-go type of spice mix. That’s why this Taco Seasoning Blend is so great. Plus, you can use it for so many recipes.
LET’S CHAT ABOUT SPICES FOR A BIT!
Anyone who knows me well will confirm that I am obsessed with spice racks and spice jars. John.e can attest to the fact that over the past eight years, I have updated and completely changed our spice storage system at least five times.
Initially, I had to have all of our spices in mason jars. That lasted for a year or so. Then, I found these really great glass jars with a pull-off lid. The seal was great, but again, they were quite big. Next, I used smaller bottles, and then spice bottles that I picked up from Ikea. I could go on, but I digress.
My obsession has taught me a few things about buying spices. First, keep your spices in a cabinet or at least out of direct sunlight. Yes, I have my spice rack on the wall in my kitchen, but it is as far away from the windows as I could possibly get it.
Secondly, buy spices in small amounts. You should never have more than three to six months supply. Spices lose their pungency and flavour. The only seasonings I buy in larger quantities is salt and pepper. That’s why I love the McCormick jars. They’re not too large for me, but keep in mind, I cook quite often. And, when I run out, it’s easy to replace that one jar.
SO, LORD BYRON, WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH ALL OF THIS TACO SEASONING BLEND?
Well, Dear Reader, I’m glad you asked! Because this particular blend is flavour friendly, you can make almost anything with it. What I mean by flavour friendly is that it’s not overly powerful, it’s not spicy, and it can be eaten by vegetarians and vegans too.
The amounts you use will depend on how strongly you want to season that particular item. For example, I would add a heaping tablespoon to one cup of sour cream to make a really great tasting taco dip. Do the same with Greek yogurt and use it as a creamy dressing on salads.
But seasoning blends are for more than just dips and dressings. Here are some meals that you can make with Taco Seasoning Blend. First, how about some enchiladas? Get some shredded chicken, a few green chilies, and onions. Those make a great filling and all you need for seasoning is this taco blend!
Try making Taco Soup or Taco Turkey Chili. Those two sound delicious! My favourite is Taco Pizza. Stir Taco Seasoning Blend into plain tomato sauce and use that as a sauce for your pizza. Top the pizza with fried ground beef and cheese. Bake it and when slightly cooled, top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and guacamole. Yum!
Taco Seasoning Blend
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon granules
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or a spice grinder. Pulse until finely blended.
- Transfer to a clean mason jar.
- Store in pantry for up to six months.