Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Snider Taco Seasoning Recipe

After my post on grocery shopping and food, Carrie asked me about the homemade taco seasoning recipe I mentioned. So, because I love Carrie and I love you all, I'm going to share. I originally decided to make my own taco seasoning for 3 reasons.

#1. I'm uneasy about preprepared food. If you look at the ingredients on the back of the package there are all these ingredients that I can neither pronounce or feel good about putting my body.
#2. I've found a few taco seasonings that I'm ok with eating, health-wise, (notably Trader Joe's taco seasoning) but they are so spicy that my husband won't eat them!
#3. I'm cheap. Really cheap. And that 70 cents to a dollar spent on a packet of taco seasoning? I'd rather buy an avocado.

So I did some googling. I found a couple different taco seasoning recipes but none of them were quite what I wanted. So I used them as a base and added spices till I had a combination that Silas and I both love. I've used again and again with much success. I just mix up the spices in a custard cup and after I cook 1lb. of meat and I add the seasoning  along with some water just like I would a packet from the store.

Snider Taco Seasoning
2 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Onion powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Black pepper
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Want more heat? Up the cayenne. More flavor? Up the cumin. Mess around with it till you find something you like. Happy tacos!


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  2. Ooh! You totally made my night, El. Thank you! *goes off to plan taco night* ^_^
    I may just have to feature tacos in a blog post soon. I'll be sure to give credit where credit is due, of course, though. :)

  3. Perhaps some math genius (ahem, ahem, Silas?) could figure out how to mix that up in bulk so I can just put it in a mason jar?

  4. You might like adding dried cilantro in substitute of oregano -- that's what I do in my taco mix.

    Then again, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!


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