Store bought spice mixes include some nasty surprises……

My Mate Fiona’s Mum Alison has many hidden talents. Not surprisingly I first met My Mate Fiona’s Mum Alison through My Mate Fiona. I then dealt with her again because she has a business – My Cuppa Tea – making a whole host of homewares and baby stuff and basically gorgeous things that I just need in my life.

A couple of months back, she’d read m’blog and messaged me a recipe for a Mexican Spice Blend. My boys love Taco Tuesday and I love making things from scratch so, you know, winning.

Because I’m also all about saving money, out of interest I did a cost comparison to see if making your own is cheaper than buying the pre-made taco seasoning mixes. If made from scratch, the spice blend makes about 16 teaspoons or about 80g. On average at the supermarket, you can get spice re-fills for about $2.00 which is 25g. Based on the recipe, if you bought that in the supermarket, it would cost about $6.00 or 75c for 10g. A pre-made taco seasoning costs around $2.30 for 30g or 77c for 10g. So comparatively not that much difference.

BUT

What are you getting in your 30g packet of taco seasoning? In My Mate Fiona’s Mum Alison’s recipe, it’s all 100% fabulous spices. In the store bought packets, the ingredients are: chilli pepper, salt, maltodextrin, spice, onion powder, corn starch, yellow corn starch and then less than 2% hydrogenated soy bean oil, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), sunflower oil, natural flavour and ethoxyquin (preservative).

Now I don’t know about you, but not much of that looks any good. “spice” is just a generic addition and maltodextrin, the third greatest ingredient, is a thickener and filler! That’s right, it’s a filler. Now compare at your own leisure….

My Mate Fiona’s Mum Alison’s Mexican Spice Blend

  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon to taste
  • Pinch ground cloves to taste

Method: grind all ingredients together and then store!

Not only does this ingredients list have actual ingredients in it, it comes from a lady who spent time in Mexico and has a love of Mexican food. AND she makes lovely coasters and bangles and things, so what’s not to trust??

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