Our family loves Mexican food so I was excited the day I figured out that I could make my own taco seasoning for less than I could buy those little packets. I’m going to show you how you can make your own pantry staples, starting with an essential – Taco Seasoning.
Tacos are on a weekly or bi-weekly rotation around our house. It’s one of those meals that everyone agrees upon and therefore it’s one of my go-to dinners because I know everyone will be happy (and some nights, that’s all I care about).
Yes, I know you can buy a small packet of taco seasoning all ready to go at the store – but the below recipe that I found on Pinterest from Tshanina Peterson, a few years ago makes the best tasting tacos! When you make it in bulk, it cuts down on the price!
I personally like to double, triple or even quadruple this recipe, as we go through it pretty quickly. One other yummy secret is to replace the water with tomato sauce, that you mix the seasoning with. The tomato sauce kicks the flavors up a notch! Yummy!
I store my taco seasoning in a cute container right on my counter – which means we use it a lotI I don’t like stuff cluttering my kitchen, only necessary items take up any countertop real estate in my house!
How To Save Money When Buying Spices:
You will cut down on the price of this recipe by finding your spices at the lowest price you can. Check your local grocery store first. My local store, King Soopers, sells basic 2oz spices for $1, which is a decent deal – but I’ll warn you, the one spice that King Soopers doesn’t sell for $1 is Cumin – it’s not considered one of the basic spices.
My local Safeway store rarely has spices for a $1 or less, so I don’t usually buy spices here. Every now and then they sell them for a nice BOGO deal (Buy One Get One), but that is very rare.
If you have a local Dollar store, I’d suggest trying there. My local Dollar Tree sells some very basic spices for $1 and they are bigger – 3 oz! Again, I can’t find all 5 spices here, but I can find a couple of them – like Chili Powder, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder.
Something else to keep in mind: the name brand spices, like McCormick, have fancy shaped bottles that make them look like they are bigger. Pay attention to the actual size printed on the label. Some of the bottles look bigger, but are actually less ounces than the a normal shaped bottle. The ounces do matter when calculating prices!
I shop around and make mental notes of where to get things the cheapest, I will even make notes on my Note app in my phone just so I can remember the best place to find stuff. I promise it will get much easier to remember where the best place to find the cheapest price is on things you need when you just start paying attention! Try to always buy items you need at their rock bottom price.
Other Make Your Own Pantry & Cleaning Staples Recipes:
- Katrina’s Homemade Granola
- Katrina’s Homemade Refried Beans
- Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
- Healthy Balsamic Lime Salad Dressing
Go ahead and give these recipes a try and let me know what you think! Way to go! You will be saving your family money as you make your own pantry staples!