Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
by Jes Mostek
serves: 4
  Classic Taco Seasoning Mix. This will translate the same as those expensive packets that you can buy in the store, without the MSG.
  2 T.   corn starch
  4 tsp.   salt
  1 T.   sugar
  1 T.   onion powder
  1 T.   garlic powder
  4 tsp.   paprika
  4 tsp.   cumin
  1 tsp.   black pepper
  1 tsp.   cayenne
  1 T.   chili powder
  1 tsp.   oregano, optional
  Mix cumin, paprkika, black pepper, cayenne (red pepper), chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder (or twice as much dried minced onions), and corn starch in an air-tight plastic bag or container. Shake to mix.

Store in this container or transfer to a spice jar. This'll keep on the shelf for 6 months (or longer, but the spices will start to loose their potency).

To use in a recipe, 2 T. mix = 1 store-bought packet.

For making standard taco meat: brown 1 lb lean ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; drain any excess grease. Add 1/2 cup water and the seasoning mix. Reduce heat and simmer 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens (cook longer if you have too much liquid). Makes filling for 8 to 10 tacos.