Daughter and I eat a lot of soups with beans and meat mixed for protein. I need the higher protein diet and she happens to really like bean soups so it works out well for us. They're also frugal meals overall which helps my budget. Daughter is kind of picky about what seasonings she likes. Her favorite is "taco" and since it is just the two of us, I'm happy to oblige her wants. However, those little packets of seasoning get expensive. For a while I thought the alternative was to buy it in bulk from Sam's Club, which is still cheaper than the packets, but I ran into a problem with that as well. The last bottle we bought wasn't as spicy as the other and I found myself having to doctor it anyway. I found myself back to buying the small packets when we moved back to town and I realized I had to put a stop to that when the packets were upping the cost of a meal by $4 just for seasoning.
So this week one of the frugal things we did was make a jar of taco seasoning mix.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
(Yields 24 tbsp. with 2 tbsp. equaling roughly enough for 1 lb. of meat)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. chili powder
2 1/2 tsps. garlic powder
2 1/2 tsps. onion powder
2 1/2 tsps. red pepper flakes
2 1/2 tsps. oregano
2 1/2 tsps. paprika
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. cumin
1/4 cup of salt (I use 3/4 of a 1/4 cup...lol)
1/4 cup ground black pepper
2 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cocoa powder
Mix well and put in a jar.
Use just like you would the little packets.
(In our next batch I will make be adding some cayenne pepper to spice it up a little.)
Of course we had to try it out immediately.
1 cup of soaked white beans (GN Beans in this case)
2 boneless skinless thighs chopped in small bite sized pieces
a few chicken bouillon cubes
2 tbsp. of taco seasoning
some chopped bell pepper
Sauté chicken and bell pepper.
Toss it all in and cook on high pressure for about 30 minutes.
Let the pressure drop for 15 and then quick release.
Daughter had hers with just cheese.
I doctored mine up a little.
A crumbled taco shell,
spinach, tomato dices, sour cream and a tiny bit of cheese.