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

pumpkin pie spice

pumpkin pie spice

Holidays are almost upon us. Everything has been exploding with pumpkin all around me. Pumpkin lates, pumpkin bread, muffins, cakes, etc. You know where I'm going with this. I realized one of the most utilized spices for all this pumpkin stuff is your good old basic pumpkin pie spice. The trouble is that everyone is buying it this time of year and two of my local stores were sold out of it. So instead of wasting time and energy chasing down a tub of spice, I decided to make my own. 

I happen to be a spice lover/insane hoarder and have a lot of them. If I need to make any spice combination from scratch, chances are I can. 

Having a wide array of spices on hand is always a good idea, in my humble opinion. And the beauty is that they last and last. The truth is, not all spices will be utilized at the same rate but having them on hand in case of emergencies always pays off. 

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