This is a simple, fantastic seasoning recipe which will make you give up those packets of seasoning. The flavor is so much richer, and it is such a money saver too. Modify the recipe to fit your taste and spice requirements. Be sure to use fresh spices. Over time, spices will lose their potency and not flavor your food as intended. As a general rule, whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 3 to 4 years and dried leafy herbs for 1 to 3 years. The best way to know if the spices on your shelf are still good is by color and smell.
I save my empty glass spice bottles to reuse, but you can also purchase small mason jars to fill with your taco seasoning. Double or triple the recipe to make a large bowl of seasoning and put in glass bottles or jars. Decorate with raffia or ribbon and put a few away for last minute small gifts or Christmas stocking stuffers. You can do the spices in layers for a visual display as long as your jar is large enough for the recipient to shake it up before using. I like to add a recipe card or printed recipe when gifting a homemade item like seasoning. Pin this for your use this fall.
Use organic when available, approximately 8 teaspoons
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes /
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl
- Store in air-tight glass bottle
- Label bottle
- If gifting, add raffia or ribbon to decorate bottle
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