Christmas in July – Homemade Taco Seasoning

For my second gift idea this week, I went with a simple gift. Remember those crockpot chicken tacos I made last summer? With the homemade taco seasoning? Hubby and I love that taco seasoning. We use it anywhere you would normally use a packet of store-bought taco seasoning. We love it so much we thought it would be great to share with our family and friends.

So we mixed up a VERY large batch of the seasoning. I ordered some cute little jars and again put labels on them including instructions of how to make the taco seasoning when people ran out. I saved the label files if anyone is interested in them. Just shoot me an email.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: 2 1/2 Tbsp is equal to one packet from the store


3 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp black pepper


Mix it all together! The mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to a year!

Recipe from Sweet Life Kitchen

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10 Responses to “Christmas in July – Family Cookbook”

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    Samantha Angela — July 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This is such an awesome idea. My mother in law gave my husband all her best recipes. I would love to put them in a book like this!

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    newlywed — July 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the information about how to put something like this together…it is something I have thought of for a while. I’ve loved your gift ideas this week!

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    Leanne — July 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Love it! Now I am thinking this would be a great gift idea.

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    Sarah — July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love this idea! I had thought about doing it a few years ago but didn’t really have any recipes because unfortunately, no one in our families really cooks. But I have been experimenting enough that I could make one with all of my and hubby’s favorites.

    Do you have any tips for photographing food? I have been cake decorating for a few months now and have been trying to document with pictures, but they never come out looking like anything special. Thanks!

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    Elina — July 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Jen, I LOVE this idea!!! I am totally motivated to now make all of my mom’s amazing cakes and traditional Russian salads, just so I can make a book like that. Brilliant!!!

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    nutmegnanny — July 31, 2010 at 2:24 am

    What a perfect idea! I’m totally stealing your ideas;)

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    Memória — July 31, 2010 at 6:50 am

    The cookbook looks so professional and cute!! Great job!

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    Amy — July 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This is fantastic!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — July 31, 2010 at 11:50 am

    This is such a wonderful idea! I have a lot of the photos already for my blog so we could totally do this. My goal is to try to make one for our families this Hannukah/Christmas!

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    Cupcake Activist — August 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome idea! I wish my family cooked more often so I would have an excuse to make one of these.

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