So often when I want to get taco seasoning at the store I end up looking at the ingredients... then putting it back. There always seems to be some sort of artificial / chemical / nasty additives in it. Some of you may be lucky enough to find some natural alternative, but for those of us in places where those kinds of things are lacking, we can make our own! I love making my own now since I can use organic spices that I get in bulk from my local health food store. Plus it ends up being a lot less expensive than any natural alternative I may find.
Just an aside -- Does anyone else find it odd that there are health food sections in grocery stores and health food stores. What does it say about the rest of the "food" available? ... Okay, that's kind of a rhetorical question since I do know what that means. (Anyone else wondering can watch "Food, Inc" or read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan)
Anyway, I will get off my soapbox now... On to the recipe!
1 T chili powder
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t onion powder
¼ t red pepper flakes
¼ t oregano
½ t paprika
1 t cumin
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir together with a spoon. Makes equivalent of one packet of seasoning.
It's a fairly mild seasoning mix, and it was great in my taco soup recipe (which I will post next). You can also multiply the recipe and divide it into packets for later use.