When I recently told someone I was starting to make more of my own seasoning blends, they immediately asked – why? Several reasons as I will explain below but for today I want to share my Homemade Smoky Southwest Seasoning.I caught myself cooking a lot of Mexican or Tex-Mex foods and needing a lot of seasonings. First to admit I don’t like black pepper or heat in my food and I found in a lot of packaged seasonings, both of these were in them. Although my family enjoys a little pepper and heat, I don’t so I needed a solution. And with making my own seasoning I am able to control what is in them and the final taste.
Another great reason for mixing up my own blends, there are a lot of additives to them and could include MSG, chemical preservatives, and modified food starch. Most of these are needed to preserve shelf life and to prevent it from one big clump of spice.
So not can it be healthier, but it can save you money in the long run. Most of your ingredients can be purchased in bulk and if properly stored, they will last a long time. Share with your friends and family as gifts.
HOMEMADE SMOKY SOUTHWEST SEASONING
- 2 t smoky paprika
- 2 t sugar
- 1 t onion powder
- 1 t cumin
- 1/2 t salt
Mix these together. making sure there are no lumps.
Store in airtight container.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to have it on hand for future use.
Watch over the next few days for more ideas on how to use this seasoning and other homemade seasonings.
This recipe is enough for about 2 pounds of boneless chicken breast which is my favorite way.
This about this for fajitas or a burrito bowl.
What is a flavor you would like to see a recipe for?