DIY Gift: Taco Seasoning in a Mason Jar

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Making your own taco seasoning mix is a simple and unique gift. Mix a big batch for friends or co-workers, or any gift exchange. Free of fillers, MSG and extra preservatives, you'll also be able to customize your taco mix for salt and spiciness, giving it your own personal touch.

This recipe makes enough taco seasoning to fill three 6-ounce mason jars, with a little leftover for you to enjoy on your own taco night.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup  chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons onion powder
  • 5 tablespoons oregano
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2/3 cup cumin
  • 3 tablespoons salt  
  • 4 tablespoons finely ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 6-ounce mason jars, (3)
  • Labels (optional)
  • Gift wrap & string (optional)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 1: Measure Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine all spices.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 2: Stir to Combine

Use a spatula or wooden spoon and stir until thoroughly mixed with no lumps.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 3: Fill Jars

Fill jars, leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top. Affix lids.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 4: Add Labels

Write out your taco seasoning mix information, or use your printer's label setting. Include instructions: combine cooked meat with 1/4 cup mix + 1/2 cup water and simmer.

Tip

  • If you're making a particularly spicy mix, be sure to write that on the label.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 5: Wrap It Up!

Pictured here is a simple piece of tissue paper wrapped with twine but the options are endless.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Store any extra in an airtight container.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

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