I never thought I’d become the cook who makes everything myself.
As a matter of fact, I always found those people kind of annoying.
We’ve all been there: You go over for dinner, and you are munching on a delicious something that usually seems incredibly intimidating to make at home, and you ask the cook where they got it… and they say in a proud tone, “Oh, I made it myself.” Like it’s no big deal that they whipped up phyllo dough for their grandmother’s baklava recipe, then put it all together successfully, and it was the most delicious thing you ever ate.
It’s frustrating but kind of awe-inspiring at the same time, right?
Let’s be clear: I’m not making fun of these people. I am one of these people. And as much as I’ve fought it, I have finally given in and jumped on the most-everything-from-scratch bandwagon. And while it certainly takes more TLC, I’m enjoying it, assuming I have the time to pull it all together.
The more I learn about food, the more I want to make everything at home. The food industry scares me, y’all, and I’d rather be 100% certain what is going into my meals by controlling how I make them from scratch. Which basically means I’m going to eventually be that mom who tells her children that she’ll make them their own WonderBread instead of saving myself time and stress by just buying a damn loaf at the store. I’m calling it now. (And should my future children someday read this post, I’m sorry I’m not sorry, kiddos.)
So, that being said… this recipe is one of those seemingly hoity-toity made-from-scratch ones.
And even though you’ll feel a little obnoxious telling your friends you made the seasoning when they come over for a fiesta, this mix is good enough to feel a little obnoxious. And the bonus is that it’s super simple to pull together, doesn’t require any complex kitchen skills, and it comes together in 10 minutes or less.
That’s a win-win in my book!
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Measure ingredients into a small bowl.
- Combine ingredients thoroughly.
- Enjoy on top of meat or veggies!
Have you made your own seasoning blends before?
Do you make a lot of things at home like I now do?