DIY Taco Seasoning {and a recipe to use it in!}

I’m not on my frugal high horse with this homemade DIY taco seasoning. I know that taco seasoning packets aren’t going to break the bank, they cost like $0.69. But, by making this spice blend I am not contributing to senseless packaging waste and I know exactly what is in my spice blend. No starchy fillers here.

homemade taco seasoning

The following recipe will fill a 3 oz glass jar. I used these nifty little jars that I found on clearance. You can use virtually any type of container, just make sure that it is air tight!

 

DIY Taco Seasoning

3 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

I combined all of the spices in a small mixing bowl and stirred them together really well. I also gave the jar a good shake once all the spices were in.

So, now you have this delicious homemade taco seasoning. What are you going to use it for (besides tacos, obvs)? While I was sick last week, Mr. Daisy made this delicious One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet that the entire family loved! It’s basically like a homemade version of hamburger helper. What I really love is that it is a one pot, 30 minute dish. It’s even quicker to make if you prep your meat ahead of time! I have successfully used rotini and elbow pasta in this recipe.

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

INGREDIENTS

1lb ground beef, venison or turkey

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of black pepper

3.5 tbsp of our homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packer store bought)

2 cups water

1 cup salsa

8 oz uncooked elbow or rotini pasta

~1.5 c shredded Taco style cheese

Optional toppings: cilantro, fresh tomato, sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS

(Skip 1-4 if you have prepped your meat already)

  1. Preheat a deep skillet (a lid will be needed!) over medium heat.
  2. Add ground meat and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook thoroughly.
  4. Drain grease.
  5. Add and stir in taco seasoning, follow with the water, salsa, and pasta noodles.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Stir well, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  8. Cook for approximately 15 minutes until the pasta is tender.
  9. Remove from heat, stir in the cheese.
  10. Season and top with additional toppings if preferred.

This recipe tastes just as good as leftovers the next day! If you’re looking for a new, fun, quick & easy recipe to add to your arsenal – this One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet will fit the bill!

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Troy @ Market History | 4th Apr 17

    My problem is that I see all these tasty dishes, but I can’t cook them! It’s hard to make really good food when I’m on a low-carb diet. Unless I have a cook like Tom Brady does, I guess I’m going to have to stick with eating healthy (but not as pleasant tasting) food.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 5th Apr 17

      Spice blends like this can add a lot of flavor to your protein heavy dishes! It’s quick and easy 🙂

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