Recipes as promised...

I'm desperately trying to find ways to keep my budget low as well as eat/feed my family a bit healthier.  Seasoning packets contain a lot of good things, but for all the good seasonings in them, they are choked full of things you can't even pronounce!

My remedy...make up the mixes for myself.  I did just that within this last week.  I've also been known to make up my own bisquick mix, pancake/waffle mix, chai tea mix, and cocoa mix.

Now days you can google just about everything under the sun and that's exactly what I did.

So courtesy of ehow.com, allrecipes.com, and Foodrenegade.com, here you go.  I made up batches of 1 cup of each, and put them in small canning jars in my cabinet.  We've used the sausage mix and taco mix...yummmmmmmmmmm is all I have to say.  AND FRUGAL!!!! Now that I love.  Enjoy

How to Make Breakfast Sausage Seasoning Mix

User-Submitted Article
Be a sausage maker and make your own fresh sausage. You can put this mix into any kind of meat or casseroles, and make them taste like sausage. Great if you're trying to avoid pork! Sausage patties from this sausage seasoning are fabulous, and can be made ahead and frozen.
Difficulty: Easy


Things You'll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons sage
  • 4 tablespoons thyme
  • 4 tablespoons nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  1. 1
    For your sausage seasoning mix, put all the spices and herbs into a small bowl and stir well.
  2. 2
    Put the mix into a covered container. A 1 cup container with lid is the perfect size for this amount of mix. This makes several batches, so consider making up sausage patties (see recipe below) and freeze them for your workday breakfasts.
  3. 3
    To make your meat taste like breakfast patties, use 2 teaspoons of sausage seasoning mix per pound of meat. For fresh sausage patties, mix 2 teaspoons into a pound of raw ground turkey, beef, or chicken. With your hands, form 6 patties. Fry them in a skillet with a little butter or oil until they're not pink anymore

Chili Seasoning Mix I

"Use this mix of paprika, onion powder, cayenne, thyme and oregano as you would chili seasoning from the store!"
Prep Time:
10 Min
Ready In:
10 Min

Servings  (Help)


Original Recipe Yield 0.25 cup


  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. In a bowl, stir together paprika, seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, seasoned pepper, thyme and oregano. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
The Players
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
The How-To
Now for the easy part: mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container. The optional black pepper is to increase the spiciness based on your family’s tastes and preferences. If you don’t like spicy foods, simply leave the black pepper out and/or be sure to adjust that tablespoon of chili powder down.
The amounts listed above make up about 2 Tbsp. of homemade taco seasoning mix — the perfect amount to replace one store bought 1.25oz packet.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to make more of this and store it in your pantry for ease of use next time. So, here’s the recipe quintupled:
  • 1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
If you use the quintupled recipe, you’ll measure out 2 Tbsp. of the homemade taco seasoning per pound of meat. Or, if you’re like me, you simply add it to taste.

1 comment:

Love Abounds At Home said...

I cannot wait to try the taco seasoning! Thanks for sharing :)

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