I am not generally found of store bought seasoning mixes. Often they come with some less then desirable ingredients, and you have little control over quality, cost, or taste. Some even come with salt in them already, which I don’t understand. If you want something with more spices, you are automatically adding more salt.
But, there are some pretty good bonuses about having seasoning mixes around. You only have to hunt down one bottle of spices, and if your spice drawer is anything like mine *cough* that right there will save you some stress.
I buy my spices in bulk as it is considerably cheaper. I can pay anywhere from around $0.50 to a dollar for the same amount I would get in those teeny bottles in the store. I also, for the most part, buy whole spices and grind them a little at a time so that they do not loose their flavor before I use them.
- 1½ tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoons chipotle
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Mix everything together. Store in an jar.
I use 2-3 teaspoons of this per pound of meat + about a teaspoon salt. I also like to use fresh garlic and onion too.
Feel free to adjust spices as desired, this is a guide.
This has no salt in it, you will need to add salt to the dishes as well.
To use like a taco seasoning packet do 2 teaspoons of this with 1 lb of beef, 1 teaspoon salt, and a half teaspoon starch of choice. Cook the beef, than add ½ cup water and simmer until the water is nearly gone.