DIY: Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning

Have you ever looked at the back of the a packet of taco seasoning? I am guilty of buying MANY MANY of them in the past (trust me!) and I never gave a moment’s thought to what was in them. In my attempts to eat ‘cleaner’, I have been reevaluating convenience foods and I’ve come to the realization that with not too much extra effort, you can make many items for yourself.  The two things that have been rolling around in my head recently are salad dressing and spice mixes. I wanted to make taco salads tonight for a quick family dinner, but when I hit the seasoning packet section at the store I had one of those “oh no” moments. I decided that it couldn’t be too hard to make taco seasoning for yourself (and I was right! Love it when that happens!) This recipe is SO easy – just a minute or two of measuring and you won’t get any of this junk:

Wheat flour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Maltodextrin, Chili Peppers, Spice, Dried Onions, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Paprika, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide as an anticaking agent, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid

Riiiiiiiiiiiight. I knew you’d be with me!! So raid your spice cabinet and get ready to enjoy some healthier tacos!! This is not inferno hot, but if you’re not a huge fan of heat, cut the cayenne in half! If you love the heat, add a little more!

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(74) Paprika Spice Blend

Delicious on the pork that I’m about to post. I will have to find some other uses for the leftovers!

Paprika Spice Blend

Source: Cooking Light Magazine, November 2008
Yield: About 1 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

1/4 cup paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder

1. Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 19 (19% from fat), Fat: 0.4g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g), Protein: 0.7g, Carbohydrate: 3.5g, Fiber: 1.1g, Cholesterol: 0.0mg, Iron: 0.6mg, Sodium: 882mg, Calcium: 14mg

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