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.
Pantry Sized Mexican Seasoning
- 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 Oregano
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Onion Flakes
- 1/2 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 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 2-3 Tablespoons of seasoning with 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until water has evaporated.