At our house Mexican food is on the menu at least once a week. We love to buy those ready-made taco seasoning mixes, but quickly realised that we could just as easily make our own and store it in an empty spice-jar to save unnecessary packaging and money. There are also bound to be lots of unnatural flavourings and ingredients in ready-made spice mixes, which we would rather avoid.
The most important ingredients in mexican seasoning are cumin and chilli powder. You can vary the amounts depending on how spicy you want your dish to be. We also added some paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. We consulted a recipe online, which also recommended adding powdered onion, garlic and dried oregano. We had trouble finding powdered garlic and onion at the supermarket and didn’t have any oregano handy. The great thing about making your own spice-mix is that you can just throw in whatever you have at home and adjust the amounts to your taste!
Approximate cost: £0.50 per 30g serving,
a 30g bag of mexican seasoning from tesco is £0 .90
- 1 TB Chilli powder
- 1 TB cumin
- 1/2 TB paprika
- 1/2 TB salt
- 1/4 TB ground black pepper
- 1/2 TB cayenne pepper
Mix the spices and store in a jar (empty spice jars are great for this)
– Check back tomorrow for Anna’s famous vegetarian chilli recipe using this spice mix