Mexican food is one of my favorite “foreign” foods. I grew up in a agricultural town with a strong Mexican culture (Yakima, Washington). Tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, chimichangas – these are standard foods there. Yummy!
There are several Mexican/Spanish based recipes that I will be sharing and I prefer to use my own blend of spices. This way I can control the spiciness because we prefer it mild in this house. Also, I can control how much salt is used and there aren’t any preservatives.
Because I’m cheap (true story), I use the the $1 generic spices that Kroger offers. These can be found at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, the dollar store, etc.
My recipe for Mexican Seasoning makes enough to season about 7-9 pounds of ground beef depending on how much you use. Double or triple it to store even more. Three tablespoons equals one packet.
This blend of Mexican Seasoning is cheaper than packaged ones, tastes better and uses common household spices.
- 1/2 Cup Chili Powder
- 1/2 Cup Cumin
- 2 Tablespoons Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes *optional
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper *optional
- In a small bowl, add all seasonings.
- Cover tightly with lid and shake to mix well.
- Store in an airtight container in a dry cool area.
- For tacos: Brown one pound ground beef and strain the fat. Add 3 tablespoons of seasoning with 1/2 cup of water.