Herbs and spices lose their flavour rapidly once ground so I try to buy and store them as close to whole as possible, so I generally need to use a spice grinder when I make up this mix. I dry my own garlic as whole cloves, chillies whole, onions as slices and oregano as whole leaves (all dried in a dehydrator).
I make up around four or fives times the quantity of mix in one go and store it in a small glass jar. The chilli powder is a matter of personal taste - we like it really spicy but I can only get away with about 1 tsp in the mix before my youngest starts complaining.
If you prefer a thicker sauce, add 1 tsp of cornflour (cornstarch) to the mix as well.
Taco Seasoning Mix
Chilli powder to taste (I use 1 tsp for the kids, and 1 tbs for adults).
¼ tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes & dried oregano
½ tsp paprika
1½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to three months.
Makes the equivalent of one packet of commercial seasoning mix, for use on 500g (1 pound) of mince (ground beef).
Of course, this mix doesn't need to be restricted to tacos - use it to flavour burger patties or sprinkle it on grilled chicken, for example. Yum!