Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

For years I have bought the little packets of taco seasoning, ranch dressing, fajita seasoning...the list is seemingly endless, until now!  

I realize that my obsession with Pinterest is borderline inappropriate, but there are so many things to learn out there that I didn't even realize I needed to know...who knew you could make a child's dress out of a pillow case, or make a lobster painting out of hand prints, or clean a cast iron skillet with oven cleaner??? These are lessons that Pinterest teaches me every single day!  

Ok, so some of them I am probably never going to do but when it comes to spices I am all over it!  I have a pantry (well three actually) packed full of just about every kind of spice you would ever want, so why have I been buying these packets of pre-mixed spices at the store?  

I have no freaking idea!  

Every single spice in these packets I have in my cabinet.  Now I realize that the convenience of getting the exact amount you need already rationed out for about $2 is easy enough, but when you are really trying to cook on a budget why buy what you already have?  

I have already made taco seasoning from the spices in my cabinet and let me just tell you, it was SO much better than any packet I have ever bought in the store.  The spice and freshness of the seasoning far exceeded that of Ole El Paso or even the almighty Taco Bell!  

With my first test behind me I decided to see what else was out there in the all-knowing world of next trick...fajita seasoning!!!

Homemade Fajita Seasoning
As adapted from

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Use as needed in recipes calling for fajita seasoning.
It is seriously that takes longer to get all the spices out of the pantry than it does to actually put it together!  I dare you to try and find what else you can make from the ingredients you already have in that abyss we like to call a pantry!

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