There are a few staples in our house, you know the items you pick up every week at the grocery store without adding them to your list. Taco seasoning mix is a must have in our house. Tacos are an easy go to meal, when I haven’t put a lot of thought into dinner, or just didn’t have to prepare something fancier. I use the same taco seasoning in my stove top traditional turkey tacos as I do in my slow cooker chicken soft tacos. Since I use so much of it, I decided that I could probably save a few pennies and make my own in bulk (idea inspired by craft day at MOPS).
So I add the bare ingredients to my grocery list and made my way to the bulk bins at Whole Foods. I love the bulk section of Whole Foods because I get to try new things with out spending an arm and a leg on a bottle of spices. For this project you are going to need the following.
1 Tbsp. Ground Cummin
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder ( I use the New Mexico Chili, it has a darker color)
1/2 tsp. Red Chili flakes
These proportions will make you about two servings of homemade taco seasoning mix. However, since I don’t want to mix this up all the time, I bought a cute jar at Target and did about 3 times the measurements to fill my jar. Now I have a months worth of taco seasoning mix made and I spent a fraction of what I would have on prepackaged seasoning.
Total spent out of the bulk bins for 6 servings was $1.89
1 Prepackaged Taco Seasoning is $1.67
I’m thinking that homemade seasonings would make a great gift for neighbors or friends.
Do you make your own seasonings? How do you save pennies on the home front?