Pioneer Woman at Heart
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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Homemade Mexican Taco Seasoning Mix
I am finally at a point in our self-sufficiency stride, where all of my homemade goods (and home grown) are coming together in all of my recipes.
Homemade Mexican Taco Mix is made using home grown oregano, onions, and garlic. I can then use the seasoning mix for all sorts of recipes, such as my salsa dip (using home canned salsa too).
The same goes for my homemade vanilla. It's been wonderful to have on hand, and not pay a fortune for it. It's been used in all of my baked goods, and homemade ice cream. It's been useful, and cost effective, for me to have started making it myself.
So far, this recipe has been my most favorite Taco Seasoning Mix to use. I simply store it in a recycled glass jar. I created my own label, and it's wonderful for gift giving. It's not mild, but it's not super hot either.
Mexican Seasoning Mix
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch (non-gmo brand)
2 Tbsp. salt
3 teaspoons cumin
4 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
3 teaspoons dried minced garlic
3 teaspoons hot crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons beef bouillon
Mix together and store in an airtight container.
2 Tbsp. = 1 commercial package.
Note: I did not weigh my finished mix, and I doubled the recipe for this particular jar. It's maybe a little less than 2 cups (in the top photo).
Update 6/24/15: to make this mix healthier, simply leave out the beef bouillon. My personal research finds even the "healthy" versions of bouillon to be unhealthy. You can research for yourself, but just sharing a tip on that part.
I used this mix to make a Black bean/Salsa dip too. The family devoured it. The recipe was in the Deceptively Delicious (by Jessica Seinfeld) cookbook as well, and I used pureed carrots in our dip. I used leftover black beans that I cooked up in my crock pot too. We doubled this recipe for our family. It's a "keeper" for sure.
1 cup refried black or kidney beans (see note)
1 cup bottled salsa
4 ounces reduced-fat cream chese, softened
1/4 cup red pepper or carrot puree
1 tablespoon taco seasoning (without MSG)
In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients (I creamed the beans with cheese first, then added rest). Serve warm with veggies or tortilla chips.
Note: The recipe is posted as it appears in the book, but we did not use canned beans. I cooked my black beans in a crock pot with onions and a tiny bit of salt, then mashed them for burritos. We simply used the leftover beans and it tasted wonderful. We (ha ha!) used baby food carrot puree too, but this give me more reasons to stock up my garden veggies in a puree form as well as other ways.