Friday, August 21, 2015

Homemade Dry Enchilada Seasoning Mix

If the saying "You are what you eat" was true we would be a house filled with tacos, enchiladas, cheese dip, salsa and chips.  We are a family that loves and could probably live on Mexican food.

I am always making various Mexican inspired dishes and one of my staples is my MaMaw's enchiladas.  Since these are a regular on our meal rotation I typically have a can of red sauce and a packet of dry mix on hand at all times...just so I'm prepared when the craving hits.

It seems like I've let me planning and preparedness falter just a bit.  I typically take a quick inventory of my pantry and spice rack before I head to the store to ensure there aren't any "staples" I need to restock.  The past few times I've had enchilada mix on my list, but inevitably I've returned home, unpacked my groceries only to notice I didn't get any of the spice packs I needed.

Ugh...so frustrating on so many levels.  But returning to the store would be even more frustrating.

So, after a few trips to the store and continuing to come back empty handed I decided to peruse some homemade enchilada seasoning recipes to see if I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand.  And, you know what, I did!
There are various combinations of ingredients but I just chose a recipe that appealed to me and went with that.  That's the best thing about making things yourself; the tastes and ingredients can be adjusted and customized to your tastes!  And you don't have to worry about not having a packet on hand, just whip up a batch whenever you need it or make a bulk batch in advance and just spoon out the desired amount.

Homemade Dry Enchilada Seasoning Mix
Ingredients:

2 Tsp chili powder
2 Tsp paprika
2 Tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 Tsp salt
1 1/2 Tsp dried onion flakes
1 Tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 Tsp ground cumin
1 Tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir to combine.  Store in an airtight container if not using immediately.

*If you wanted something with a little more kick you could add Mexican chili powder or a pinch of cayenne to achieve the desired amount of heat.  We love spice but I keep mine on the mild side for my little guy. 

Recipe source: barely adapted from Food.com

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