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Homemade taco seasoning recipe

Summer is the perfect time for hand-held food and tacos seem to be one of most popular. Tacos are easy enough to make, but sometimes packaged seasonings are just a little too pricey. Here is a recipe for making your own taco seasoning.

Cleveland area Marc's stores have a great selection of spices at prices lower than almost all the grocery stores. If you are planning on making this mix in huge quantities, you may want to check the commercial-sized (and wholesale-priced) bottles at Gordon Food Service or Bauer's Restaurant Supply in Mentor.

6 Tablespoons Chili Powder
4 Tablespoons Paprika
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
3 Tablespoons Onion Powder
2 Tablespoons Cumin
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (this is very spicy, so you may want to add a little less or maybe a little more!!!)

Place all the ingredients in a small freezer bag. Seal the bag and shake. Store in the freezer to keep it as fresh as the day you made it. Makes one cup.

TO USE IN RECIPE CALLING FOR PACKAGED TACO SEASONING: After draining fat from cooking beef, add 1 ½ cups water and seasoning*. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

*Start with one tablespoon of seasoning in recipe above, adding more as needed. 2 -3 tablespoons to 2 pounds of meat seem to be the most popular measurement.

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