Tag: Budget Friendly Recipes

Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Salsa Chicken

I get a lot of requests for budget-friendly family crockpot recipes. This Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe is a staple in our house and makes enough leftovers for lunch the next day or to freeze for…

Cheesy Baked Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Baked Chicken Breasts

This family favorite recipe is really easy to pull together since it requires no real prep work. It gave me a chance to use the last of the frozen chicken breasts I had on hand in the freezer. I’ve…

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

On a budget? Why not make your own seasonings? This Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix is much healthier and cheaper than buying from the store. Plus, it’s so easy to throw a bunch of seasonings together and store in a mason jar right in your pantry.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I recommend Himalayan or Sea Salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika (or regular if you don’t have Spanish)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch (optional; see notes below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well.
  2. Spoon mixture onto a 6-inch square of aluminum foil and fold to make airtight or seal in a snack size zip-lock bag. Label as Taco Seasoning Mix.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place and use within 6 months.
  4. Makes 1 package (about 2 Tablespoons) of the mix.
  5. Using the above recipe as a guide you can increase the amounts to make any number of packages.

Taco Filling:

  1. Brown 1 lb lean ground turkey meat in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; drain the excess grease. Add 1/2 cup water and the seasoning mix.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Makes filling for 8 to 10 tacos.

Notes: for a grain-free option, lose the corn starch. You won’t lose any of the flavors. I always double up on the amounts used because we go through a batch Taco seasoning quickly.