Cajun Rub

1-1/8 cups sweet paprika
1/4 cup cayenne pepper
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon celery seed
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

Combine in a jar or spice containers with tight-fitting lids.  If desired, grind in blender or food processor to produce a more powdery consistency. Great on fish, chicken, pasta,  baked potatoes, popcorn. Makes about 2 cups.

Taco Tuesday – Taco Seasoning Mix

It is usually quick and easy to make your own spice blends and meat rubs for the BBQ etc.  I’ll be posting some of my recipes for the same over the next little while.  Try to find bulk bins of the spices used to make the blends and rubs as it may save on the cost.

2 teaspoons instant minced onion

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried red pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried, minced onion

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly distributed. Spoon mixture into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes 1 package (about 2 tablespoons). To make taco filling, brown 1 pound ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain excess grease. Add 1/2 cup water and and the Taco Seasoning. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.Makes filling for 8 to 10 tacos. Serve with the usual taco accompaniments.