Sunday, February 14, 2016

Homemade Taco Seasoning Favors & Flavors

Making your own taco seasoning reduces the sodium without reducing the flavor.  Even the small packages of commercial taco seasoning that advertise "33% less sodium" have 8 times the amount of sodium as in this homemade version.

  • 2 teaspoon Packaged Taco Seasoning = 380 mg sodium.

  • 2 teaspoon Packaged Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning = 250 mg sodium.

  • 2 teaspoon Homemade Taco Seasoning = 30 mg sodium.

Homemade Taco Seasoning 

(Makes 3 1/2 cups)

2 cup chili powder
2/3 cup ground cumin
2/3 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoon 2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 Mix and store in closed container.    

Sprinkle this homemade seasoning on meats, vegetarian chili, fajitas and enchiladas.

One serving of a favorite taco salad easily totals 1000 mg of sodium! 

More Tips for Reducing the Sodium in a Taco Salad

  • Make your own tortilla strips with corn tortillas and homemade seasoning.  Corn tortillas are whole grain and inexpensive.  Mist both side of the tortilla with an olive oil spray.  Cut in strips and place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with the homemade taco seasoning and toast to crisp.  
80% reduction in sodium
  • Cook your own beans from dry.
90% reduction in sodium
  • Make your own salsa with fresh diced tomatoes, green peppers, onion and cilantro.
90% reduction in sodium
  • Replace shredded Mexican cheese with ricotta cheese.
 65% reduction in sodium   

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