I love spices. Love. Love. Love. The world would be a very bland place without them. A place that I wouldn’t want to cook or bake in. Because if the food you are creating doesn’t’ taste good, well, what’s the point?
That’s my philosophy anyway. Hubs on the other hand, he’ll eat just about anything. Even if he doesn’t like it. In or entire relationship I swear I’ve only ever seen him stop eating food twice because he didn’t like it. It was that bad.
Thankfully, it wasn’t something I made. He’s smart enough to eat what I put in front of him.
We have a well stocked spice pantry. Many come from a local spice shop which sells spices and all manner of wonderful ingredients by bulk. Our shelves are full of these little containers of bright red and deep burgundy spices. Hunter green and deep tan. Fragrant spices that jump into your nose the second you open them.
It’s almost like my own little spice store.
With all of the spices in the word lining my shelves (except curry, I just can not stand curry) I have no need for store bought spice mixes. I shake my head sadly at the containers of apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice. I roll my eyes at Italian seasoning. I try not to laugh at the envelopes of taco seasoning.
Actually, I cringe a little when I see those envelopes. They are just so flavorless. Just so blah.
So no, I don’t buy taco seasoning. I make it. And it’s good. So, so good. I get to control the heat. I can control the salt.
Which is a good thing, because I like control. Just ask Hubs and my almost 4-year old son.
I make up a batch of this and store it in my spice pantry, with all of it’s little spice friends.
Yes, I think that all of my spices are friends. Except for curry. All of my spices hate curry.
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 6 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 4 teaspoons black pepper
- Mix together ingredients in an airtight container. Shake to combine.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons for every 1 pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken. Use to replace store-bought taco seasoning in any recipe, like slow cooker chipolte chicken tacos.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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