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?”)
First off…the taco seasoning, complete with personal review:
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 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.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
Short of FRESHLY made homemade Ranch Dressing….this is seasoning mix makes a MUCH better dressing than either the bottles or the packets you buy at the store. Although the packets aren’t too bad….I despise the stuff int he bottles. yuck!!! Personally my absolutely FAVORITE Ranch Dressing is the one I tried from The Pioneer Woman. Mmmmmmm…..try it some time for a special dinner. It is divine. I wrote a post singing the praises of it a long time ago.
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. :-)
Onion Soup Mix
- 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.
Your pantry is now well-stocked with seasoning mixes that will serve you well in all sorts of recipes. I promise to share some…..at a later date. :-)