Blog on saving money and living on a budget in CT.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Got this in your pantry?
Got chilli powder, cumin, Paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper (optional, this is the give it heat part)? The first 4 large bottles were purchased for $1 or less at stores such as XPect/Marc's, Aldi's, Christmas Tree shop. The Lawry's garlic powder and McCormick cayenne were both purchased using COUPONS. Rare, but true around the holidays. You are looking at $6 or less total.
If you have the above, you already have the ingredients to make your own Taco seasoning mix, without salt (my preference), without mystery ingredients and fillers. Really-a $1 a pouch for that stuff? I have a repurposed salsa jar filled with a triple batch using about 1/6 of a jar of each ingredient (at most). 18 batches worth for $6, leaving me spices in the end as well. Each batch is about 2 meals' worth so 32 packets or 19 cents per "pouch" worth and these are estimates. I'll keep making my own. It took me all of a few minutes. Got little people in the house? they'd love to measure if not shake the refilled jar when you are done.