Friday, June 5, 2009

Master Mixes

I have never purchased taco seasoning mix! I make my own...about ten at a time....sooo much cheaper than the dry mixes at the store! The recipe is from the old Make a Mix book, a classic and still for sale on Amazon, revamped and with a new cover. I highly recommend this book and its sequel.

Making master mixes are a great money saving strategy. Back when I was cooking for a big family, master cake mix, pancake mix and brownie mix and basic cookie mix were staples in my pantry. I stored the mixes in gallon glass jars (love those). Each mix was the basis for lots of recipes. Now that we're into brownies right now, I'll have to make the brownie mix again. BTW, the plain Betty Crocker brownie mix with MINT chips in that EDGE brownie pan is awesome!

Here's the recipe for the taco seasoning mix:
Lay out aluminum foil squares,  6 inches square. On each square put:
2 tsp instant minced onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili pwd
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp crushed dried red pepper
1/2 tsp instant minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Fold to make airtight. Label and store

Taco filling:
1 lb lean ground beef (or gravel) 
1/2 cup water