Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday's Frugal Food

One thing I have slowly started to do is season my food with herbs and spices that I have on hand instead of using the pre-packaged mixes.  Take taco seasoning for example.  I used to buy those pre-packaged bags of taco seasoning all the time (my family loves taco night).  Out of curiosity, I read the list of ingredients and thought to myself,

"Wait a minute, I have most of this stuff in my spice cupboard already.  I bet I could make this myself."  

So I did.

And you know what?  We all liked it better than the store-bought mix.  And I knew exactly what I was putting in the meat.  Yay for no MSG's and no preservatives!

Here is what I do:

Brown a pound of ground meat.  Preferably with some chopped onions and garlic, but a few shakes of minced onion and garlic work great, too.  Add:
A few shakes of cumin.
A shake or two of oregano.
A shake of cayenne pepper.
A shake of black pepper.
A twist or two of sea salt.

That's how we like it.  If you are more of a measuring person, you could try this:

1 TBL minced onion (unless you chopped some fresh onion)
1 tsp minced garlic (unless you chopped some fresh garlic)
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt

Chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes and paprika go great in this, too.  You could make a larger batch of this and keep it in an air-tight container, or you could add the ingredients one by one as you are cooking.  Whatever toots your horn.

Mmmm....I want some tacos now.....


  1. Following you from Friday Follow! Happy Friday to you!

    Going to really enjoy your blog!

  2. I started doing this a while back too and was very pleased by how simple it is. Who woulda thunk that tacos can be made without a packet? ;)

  3. Following you back from FF! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. This is fate-because I was just about to make tacos and didn't have any pre-mixed taco seasoning!! Off to be creative thanks to you!

    (Following you from FF!)

  5. Happy Friday Follow, came to return the favor and I am now wondering why I never though of making my own it!

  6. Thanks for the follow & am now following you back. Taco mixes are one of the few mixes I still buy; I'll have to try this. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Returning your Friday Follow! Great post. I had almost the same exact epiphany about two years ago and have been pleased with it ever since! Happy Blogging!

  8. Hi--your newest follower from FF! Looking forward to blogging with you. I love the taco seasoning recipe!!! Thanks!

    Halley from

  9. Oh, you are speaking my language.......I need some tacos for sure!!

    Thanks for visiting The Cottage Home!


  10. I'm following you from Friday Follow!

  11. I get to be #100... I love your idea, sadly my spices, so under used, have "lost their savor". Time to restock! Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your ideas. Have a great week.

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  15. What a great idea! I will have to try this since I have tons of spices. Following you back from FF! Thanks for stopping by on Friday.

  16. I'll that idea as soon as I run out of tace seasoning (they had a great deal at a salvage store). Have you tried using lentils instead of hamburger? I read that your fam likes beans.