Homemade Taco Seasoning

I absolutely adore shopping in bulk. It amazes me how much cheaper things are, and my OCD loves having a pantry full of pretty matching jars and canisters 😉

Another bonus of shopping in bulk is that it makes it even easier to make your own spice mixes. Yes, I am aware that they sell taco seasoning in bulk, but when you create your own spice mixes you know exactly what ingredients are included, and you can adjust them to your family’s taste.

This seasoning makes a good amount of mix. I keep it in my cupboard and use it whenever a recipe calls for taco seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chili powder (I used mild, but can use medium or hot)
  • 3 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (use more or less to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag, mixing thoroughly. . Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of ground meat.
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    Hot Cocoa Mix

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    Recipe Source: Alton Brown

    Hot Cocoa Mix

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
    • 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
    • 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

    Instructions

  • Combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt and cornstarch in a large airtight container. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine, and remember to shake prior to every use.
  • To serve: Place 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.
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