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Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Free from gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

I’ve been thinking a lot about convenience lately – or rather, little hacks that make my life easier, especially as we prepare to welcome an infant into the family again. Infants = game changers! Things like…

  • Unloading the dishwasher before heading to bed at night so I can sit next to Lincoln at breakfast the next morning, versus hustling around the kitchen.
  • Taking something up or down the stairs every time I go, versus letting things pile up at the top and bottom. On a related note, why are there constantly 500 cups upstairs?!
  • Utilizing our Nespresso. Haven’t had to run out or stop at the coffee shop for a caffeine fix in 2 months.
  • Opening and sorting the mail immediately after retrieving it from the mailbox (so hard!!)
  • Doing laundry anytime there’s a load ready versus waiting until nothing’s clean then spending all day shuffling clothes around.
  • Implementing the “2 minute rule” – if something takes less than 2 minutes, do it now vs putting it off – as often as possible.
  • Moving to online everything including bill paying, library book renewals, appointment setting, shopping (bless you, Amazon Prime.)
  • Planning out the following day the night before then packing Lincoln’s bag accordingly (cannot TELL you how much this has cut down on crazy mornings!)

I guess you could just call this being an organized adult, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! Also, I don’t know if this would necessarily qualify as a hack, but something that’s been making my life a whole lot easier lately is my recipe for Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

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Since the majority of store-bought taco seasoning mixes contain gluten in the form of thickeners, and some contain dairy which is a no go for Lincoln, I always make my own homemade taco seasoning mix for taco night. Recently though I thought, you know, as much as I love making my own mix, I could save a ton of time if I didn’t have to take out 8 spice jars every time we have taco night (which is sometimes two nights a week – they’re Lincoln’s current food obsession!) Thus, large batch homemade taco seasoning was born.

I mixed and multiplied until I got just the right flavor and now have a huge jar of pre-made homemade taco seasoning mix that’s not only gluten and dairy-free, but artificial flavor and color, anti-caking agent, and preservative-free, too. Tiny victories, you guys!

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

Not only is this mix great for tacos, but a ton of other recipes, too!

This blend is family-friendly in that it’s not too spicy nor salty. That said, if you like a spicier taco seasoning mix, use spicy chili powder and/or add up to 2 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes. Like I said a few posts ago, I took a taco kit (seasoned cooked meat and chopped toppings + shells and chopped lettuce) to a friend with a new baby recently, and I think it’d be so fun to include a jar of large-batch homemade taco seasoning in the delivery too. Kind of like passing on the torch of sanity to someone who could use it too!

All you have to do to make this recipe is add spice cupboard staples to a jar, then shake it up. I love using mason jars, but a tupperware container would work just fine too.

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Chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano – that’s it!

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To use the seasoning mix, brown 1lb ground meat then add 2 – 2-1/2 Tablespoons seasoning with 1/3 cup broth (any kind) then simmer until the broth has thickened and reduced, 1-2 minutes. Easy. As. That. Enjoy this little way to make life a lot easier!

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning

Description

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Free from gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.

Ingredients

Makes ~1 cup (enough for 8lbs ground meat)

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon finely ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together then store in an airtight container or jar with a tight fitting lid.
  2. To use: brown 1lb ground meat then add 2 - 2-1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix plus 1/3 cup broth (any kind) and simmer until broth has thickened, 1-2 minutes.

Notes

  • This taco seasoning blend is mild - medium in heat as written. Add up to 2 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes and/or spicy chili powder for a spicier blend.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com