I love making up seasoning mixes. You can save money and make the seasoning to your liking. It’s not hard to do. If you have a store bought version that’s a favorite, look at the ingredients and you can figure out what you need. To help decide the ratio, just remember the higher the ingredient is on the list, the greater the quantity that’s used. Sometimes the list is lame and includes but a few ingredients and then says “additional spices and flavorings”. Don’t worry about that. You’re the captain of your ship, the General in your Army, the Commander of your Post…well, you get the picture. Add seasonings and spices that you like and taste good.
This mix serves double duty for me. I use it for taco seasoning and as a meat rub.
For taco seasoning, I use about a palm full to a pound of browned ground beef. Add about one teaspoon of cornstarch to 2/3 to 3/4 cup of water, mix well and add to ground beef and seasoning. The cornstarch adds the thickening that you get from packaged taco seasoning.
For a rub, mix the seasoning mix half and half with brown sugar.
Homemade Taco Seasoning and Meat Rub
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients.
I make four batches at the time and keep it in a half pint canning jar in my spice cabinet. It can be added to Tex-Mex style dishes like chili, also.
Hope you enjoy it!