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Taco & Fajita Seasoning Mix

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Taco night is easy with a Mix

For years I bought commercial taco seasoning packets; they were easy to use and had a nice taste.  But the price kept going up.  These days one of those packets adds nearly $1 to the price of a family taco dinner – actually $2 because I often use 2 packets.  In reading the ingredient list on the back I discovered that I had all the herbs and spices in my spice drawer!  (BTW I never buy those cute little jars of spices.  Well, I bought them once – so I would have the cute little jar.  Now I simply refill them from my herb garden or the bulk bins.)  

1/2 cup dried minced onion
3 Tbs garlic powder
1/2 cup chili powder
6 Tbs ground cumin
2 Tbs paprika
3 Tbs sea salt
3 Tbs sugar or equivalent substitute, optional
2 tsp ground black pepper

Measure ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and stir well.  Transfer mixture to a pint jar with a lid.  Label and use within 1 year.  

Directions for Tacos or Fajitas:
Brown 1 lb. ground meat or sirloin tip steak.  Add 2 Tbs. Taco & Fajita Seasoning Mix and 2 Tbs. water; stir well.  (If making Fajitas add sliced peppers and onions.)  Simmer 10 minutes to release flavor. 

Yield:  about 2 cups mix, enough to season 8 lbs. of meat.

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