taco seasoning mix

 taco seasoning mix, spoons and bowl
 spoon and chili powder

I walk through the door. It's a peaceful Tuesday evening. I had a remarkably easy day at the office. No stress, no emails or timelines - a smooth day all around. The smell of food makes my mouth water. The gentle sound of Bach becomes more audible with every step I take. I notice my children are quietly reading books. They're too enveloped in them to notice I'd stepped in. The house is in order, no toys in sight and my husband declares that dinner is nearly finished.

No, this never happened. I hallucinated from exhaustion as I've been awake since roughly 2:45am. Sleep deprivation is something I've come to accept as a fact of life right now.

Life is messy and chaotic and while we try to keep things in some sort of order, it's nearly impossible to do so for more than 10 minutes..okay 5...more like 2. Things are unpredictable. My 19 month old biting her brother's marker and staining her mouth and fingers blue earns a parenting award. My son flushing house keys down the toilet is another gem. 

 spices in bowl

So yes, things are anything but orderly with a 4.5 year old and a 19 month old. It's usually an incessant chorus of whining over not being allowed to have snacks before dinner or fighting over the same toy. But it's my life and I wouldn't change a thing. I lovingly gaze at my glass of wine and thank it for its magical powers. I do say, one glass of wine a day, keeps the insanity at bay. Plus all the polyphenols, am I right? 

But back to dinner. Yes, dinner has to be made and quickly. Tonight it's tacos. I make them often. Whether pulled pork, chicken or just good old ground beef tacos, I need to have taco seasoning on hand. The store bought version contains too many unpronounceable words for my liking and the 2 billion grams of sodium, generally leave me feeling like a blow up doll in the morning. So I make my own.

It's a good one to keep on hand whenever you need a quick taco mix and it also holds up well.

 spices and bow with spoon
 cumin on spoon
  • prep time: 5 minutes
  • cooking time: none
  • serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Equipment

  • small bowl

Directions

Combine spices and use right away or store in an air tight container. 

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taco seasoning mix
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
1. Combine spices and use right away or store in an air tight container.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6