Make It, Don’t Buy It

D: What are you making in there?
Me: Taco Seasoning
D: Why?
Me: So I don’t have to buy it every week.
D: Isn’t it just like $.98 a pack?
Me: Yes, but why buy it when I have a shelf full of seasonings that never all get used for a long time? I can make it and save $2 a week.

We all have shelves of spices. I love cooking with spices, and use them a lot. But we all know that it takes a while to use an entire bottle, especially of those we use less often. I checked the pantry and had everything I needed to make taco seasoning. We usually have an average of two meals a week that require taco seasoning. I grabbed a mason jar and quickly made up enough seasoning to last a few months. It literally took me 2-3 minutes! This saves me from spending money for something I already have on hand and can get great use of. You can also customize it to fit your taste.

This recipe makes 20 T of seasoning. Each serving is usually 2 T.


  • 8 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 4 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 8 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Label the lid or container. Do NOT rely on memory to know what it is and how much to use later.
  4. Store for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.

To Use

  1. For tacos, add 2 Tablespoons (or to taste) to 1 pound of cooked ground meat.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

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Save your Parmesan cheese lids! They fit on mason jars. It makes for easy dispensing of your DIY seasonings or drinks (with holes for straws).

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