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When you purchase the packets of seasoning at the store, you never really know what is in those packets. I can tell you they are full of preservatives and chemicals and that is not healthy to put in to your body. Though convenient to pick up a packet and use it to make a quick meal, it is equally easy to make your own seasonings with spices in your cabinet and store them for use when you need some quick taco meat or seasoning for fajitas.

One of the easiest ways to save money and get chemicals out of your food is to make your own seasonings. Two of the favorites in our house are taco seasoning and fajita seasoning. I season taco meat for tacos, salads, and nachos. We use the fajita seasoning for both fajitas and to season chicken for quesadillas. These recipes make enough seasoning to equal 2 to 3 packets of the store bought brands. I store my seasoning mixes in these little spice containers that I got from The Container Store.

Fajita Seasoning 

2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp paprika (I use smoked paprika if I have it)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp crushed chicken bouillon cube
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp cumin

Combine all ingredients and keep in an air proof container. I usually use 1 1/2 Tbsp to start and then add more if I need additional seasoning.

Taco Seasoning

1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika (I also use smoked paprika if I have it)
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients and keep in an air proof container. 1 1/2 Tbsp per lb of ground beef. Add more seasoning to your taste.