Smokey Taco Seasoning

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After reading “Twinkie, Deconstructed:  My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats” by Steve Ettlinger, I became very much aware of the crazy things we are putting into our mouths everyday!  While I am not completely off of prepackaged foods, the slow process of developing other sources for the foods which we enjoy has begun.

As we journey from less prepackaged foods and to the more natural side of things, one of the small mysteries has been seasonings.  What exactly is in some of those favorite packages of spicy goodness??   Well… I’ve found a lot of words I don’t understand.  🙂  So, I went in search of a more understandable source for one of our favorites–Taco Seasoning.

Below is my take on a recipe which I found online:

Sara's Smokey Taco Seasoning-Updated

 (adapted from Once a Month Meals)

12 t. Chili Powder
10 t Paprika
9 t Cumin
5 t Onion Powder
1 t Garlic Powder
1 t Chipotle Pepper Flakes
2 t Salt (to taste)
1 t Black Pepper
Mix all of these together.  (I put it in a mason jar and shake–great way to get the kids involved!).  This makes about 42t of taco seasoning which is equal to 6 packets of your favorite brand of prepackaged seasoning. One packet=7 teaspoons of this mixture.
I just happened to have an empty 4 oz spice bottle around and some leftover chalkboard labels. 🙂
Love this stuff!

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