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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    Mexican Chicken Taco Skillet

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    You guys. How is summer almost over and school about to start? I am sooo not ready for this! M will be in first grade this year, and a full-time student. Which means homework, and picking up/dropping off kids at two different places on weekdays.

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    I know that I am going to need to have plenty of one pot meals in my arsenal to help me get dinner on the table on crazy school nights.

    I seems that pretty much everyone loves anything “Mexican” or “taco” and this easy meal doesn’t disappoint. Just a few minutes prep and one pot(!) and dinner is cooking. This dish can be topped with any of your favorite taco toppings, so everyone in the family add what they like. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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    Mexican Chicken Taco Skillet

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 taco seasoning packet (or 3 tablespoons, if using a bulk mix)
    • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 (14oz) can corn, drained
    • 3/4 cup long grain white rice (I use Jasmine)
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
    • Taco Toppings:
    • sour cream, tomatoes, diced avocado, black olives, cilantro, chips etc.

    Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the onion and chicken pieces in the oil until the chicken is browned and the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes (undrained), mexicorn, white rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes (or until rice is cooked through), stirring halfway.
  • Top with cheese and cover for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from heat and top with taco toppings as desired. Leftovers heat well!
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    Taco Chex Mix

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    I have a deep respect for school teachers. The patience they have to be kind, caring, and teach our children is a special quality not many people possess. High school teachers especially. I was a teenager once. They aren’t fun. I am currently trying to stunt my children’s growth with mass amounts of coffee in hopes they don’t grow up (I kid I kid!)

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    You might think that young kids would be easier. They say such adorable things (I cried the day my daughter stopped calling a sandwich a “namich”) and they are so full of curiosity and wonder. Let me tell you though, that the opposite is true. The first time I volunteered in M’s preschool classroom I was overwhelmed. So many 4 year olds and they have SO MUCH ENERGY. I was exhausted after 4 hours (actually more like 30 minutes.) Props to you preschool teachers. You deserve wine-ALLTHEWINE.

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    I whipped up this snack mix for my day to bring snacks to school. I only used 1/8 cup of taco seasoning to keep it tame for the kiddos, but if you like it zesty I would suggest adding the full  1/4 cup.

    Taco Chex Mix

    Ingredients

    • 4 c. rice chex cereal
    • 4 c. oyster crackers
    • 4 c. Gold Fish crackers
    • 4 c. pretzel sticks
    • 1/3 c. canola oil
    • 1/4 c. taco seasoning mix

    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Double line a paper bag.
  • Pour cereal, crackers and pretzels into paper bag. Top with taco seasoning and oil. Fold top of bag down and shake until mixed well.
  • Pour snack mix onto two large baking sheets (with sides). Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Cool. Pour into air tight container.
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    Recipe Adapted from Julies Eats & Treats

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