DIY Gift: Taco Seasoning in a Mason Jar

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 Credit: 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 Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com

Step 1: Measure Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine all spices.

Image Credit: 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 Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Image Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com

Store any extra in an airtight container.

Image Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Image Credit: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com