Salvere Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

This week, our recipe will focus on using spices and making your own mixtures at home. Think of it like a fun science experiment! Typically putting together a recipe we think mainly about how it will taste (for good reason!) but there’s another reason to mix up your spices and seasonings. Many have tremendous health benefits also! So, before we get into the actual recipe, lets chat about a few of the ingredients.

taco seasoning

Oregano:  This herb contains fiber and many vitamins and minerals including Vitamin K and E as well as important  antioxidants. It’s been show to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and to help with some skin conditions.

Cayenne Pepper: One part of this spice has been in the news quite a bit so you may recognize it — capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-uh-sin) — as well as Magnesium and Vitamin B6 and flavonoids. This may help with arthritis and other muscle/joint pains and some circulatory problems.

Cumin: Found in seed form then ground, cumin also contains several nutrients including iron and manganese. You can find cumin in seed or ground form and it’s been shown to benefit digestion, improving immune system and cancer prevention.

And now for the recipe! Fresher spices make for a more flavorful seasoning mix.

Taco Seasoning Mix, at Home

  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt (sea salt is best)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (try smoked, sweet, hot or Hungarian for a different taste!)
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili flakes (optional, add more if you like it SPICY!)

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container and store with other spices. Use 2-3 TBSP per 1 lb of ground meat. For traditional tacos, mix 1 tsp corn starch in 1/2 cup of water and add to meat mixture. Try on pork or chicken too!

 

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