Homemade Taco, Ranch, & Onion Soup Seasonings
I recently tried my hand at making my own taco seasoning mix, which actually was pretty much a no-brainer. Just throw a bunch of spices in a bowl, mix, store in air-tight container. I was going to post about it…but there just didn’t seem to be much “there”….ya know? I’m all about CONTENT. :-) As a blog consumer myself…I want plenty of information for my investment of time spent on a blog. I know…I’m weird. Sue me. :-)
So I kind of shelved the idea until tonight when I saw a couple of other easy to throw together seasoning mixes that I think all of us use on a fairly regular basis. Ahhhh….now we’re getting somewhere!
So I present to you a trio of homemade seasoning mixes that I know will not only taste much better than their overly-processed grocery store counter parts….but will be a LOT easier on the pocketbook too! (Does anyone say “pocketbook” anymore?”)
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t oregano
1 t paprika
1 Tbsp cumin
2 1/2 t salt (I used Kosher Salt)
2 t pepper
OK…here are the instructions…don’t blink…you might miss them!
1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 2. Mix well. 3. Store in a tightly closed container. haha! I told you!
- Use approximately 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat (or to taste). Add a little water if you like a more “saucy” taco mix.
I really like this seasoning! It was the first time I’d ever made it from scratch and it definitely added a “depth of flavor” to my tacos. (Is that a proper use of that cooking term? lol. Sounded good to me).
Bottom line: WAY better tasting than that stuff in the little packets I’ve been buying at the store all these years. Never knew what I was missing.
But….if you are strapped for time (and aren’t we ALWAYS??)….this seasoning mix combined with milk and mayonnaise is a real winner!
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and stir.
Store in a resealable plastic baggie or small ball canning jar with tight fitting lid in your spice cabinet.
To make the ranch dressing, whisk together 1/3 cup mayonaisse with 1/4 cup milk (more or less depending on the consistency you want) with 1 Tbsp of the homemade ranch dressing seasoning mix. Season with salt, to taste. Use immediately and can refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Makes about 4 Tbsp worth of mix. Or use the ratios above and mix up however much you’ll need!
Finally, the Onion Soup Mix seasoning. I listed this last because it’s the one I personally use the least…but I DO use it. Usually in meatloaf. Once again…the store-bought version can’t come CLOSE to this homemade stuff. There’s something about using your own spices (and nothing else!) that just makes everything taste better. :-)
3/4 c. dried minced onion
1/3 c. beef bouillon granules
1/4 c. onion powder
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t celery seed
Combine all ingredients in a container with a lid. Shake to mix well. 4 T is equivalent to one commercial “envelope.” To use: Mix 4T to 16 oz of sour cream for a dip. It’s also good with potatoes; wash, dry and quarter some red potatoes, drizzle with oil and sprinkle 4T of the onion soup mix on them. Mix well and bake.
And that’s today’s….