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If You Can Read, You Can Cook – Spice Review

Do any of you use McCormick taco seasoning packets or any of those off brands?  I am both happy and sad to say that Mr. BFS and I use at least one of those for dinner every couple of weeks.  And we used McCormick Taco Seasoning every time.  So, when Edward over at If You Can Read, You Can Cook mentioned that he was starting a spice line that could replace McCormick packets for way less money, I jumped at the chance to try it out!

My Spice Review

We tried out the mild flavor so far (and will be trying medium this week).  It was really good!  We were making soft tacos, so we used one pound of ground turkey, 1/2 cup of water, and one tablespoon of the mild flavor.  It smelled great and it ended up tasting surprisingly alike to the seasoning packets we usually use.  Mr. BFS is really picky and even he is won over.

As always, I will try to be concise.  It tastes great, smells great, comes in a reusable glass jar, and costs less than other premade seasonings.  SO, if you like premade taco seasoning, I highly suggest trying this.  I know that making your own seasonings may be cheaper overall, but I also know that most of us like to save time when we can.  $5 for the correct seasoning for 16 taco meat meals sounds great to me.  Edward will be getting our business.

Meal Ideas

So far, here are the meals we make that use taco seasoning:

  • Soft or Crunchy Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Meaty cheese dip (or just use the seasoning for a vegetarian option)
  • Taco casserole (layers of tortilla chips, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes)
  • Frito Pie (pretty much taco casserole except with fritos and no vegetables, lol)

Do you ever use premade seasonings?  Would you be willing to try out Edward’s new line?  What other meal ideas can you think of that would use taco seasoning?

11 thoughts on “If You Can Read, You Can Cook – Spice Review”

  1. my honest answer

    Since discovering how cheap spices are at our local chinese supermarket and asian grocery store, I’ve started making my own. But if people think that’s too much trouble, then anything that saves money is great!

  2. Sheryl

    I go back and forth on spice mixes, but taco seasoning is one I seem to always use pre-packaged. I guess I don’t make enough tex-mex style food to really keep the components on hand. Plus, I like a pretty specific flavour on my tacos!

    However, I love making my own spice mixes for curries and Asian foods, as well as general cooking.

  3. Kathleen @ Frugal Portland

    I love spice mixes, but I tend to make my own. They make great gift ideas, too.

  4. ODWO

    Homemade, Meaty Nachos! (… uses Taco seasoning)

    The premade spice mixes we use are (1) Salt Lick, and (2) Kroger’s makes a (non-liquid) Caribbean Spice mix (similar, has clove. but not as fiery as a real jerk marinade).

    And (3) Adam’s Lemon Pepper (they are the best LemPep there is, IMhO).

    Cooking, instead of eating out, really can be an adventure in taste(s), and really does save a TON of money! 😉 Even Califlower can Sing in many flavors and textures. Yum!

    I remember Mr. BFS having some good homemade spice mixes (too).

  5. I have used these pre made seasonings before and they do work well, but sometimes they can make ground meat taste like it was prepared at taco bell or something. When making tacos, burritos and the like, I would rather mix up my own concoction of things I know I like- heavy on the garlic, and lots of peppers and onions! But they did recently come out with some AWESOME pre-mixed chicken seasoning from Kraft- cheesy breadcrumbs that enhance any chicken dish you want to make. You gotta try it!

  6. Michelle

    We have found if we buy the taco seasoning in a larger container (like Sams Club size) it is WAYYYY cheaper than the individual packets and lasts a long time.

  7. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    Maybe once I finish using up my giant thing of Costco taco seasoning…

  8. I am definitely considering trying out his seasoning but the thing holding me back is that we don’t eat tacos too often…

  9. Edward Antrobus

    Thanks for the review! Two dishes I’m currently working on to get the exact feel and taste I’m looking for are Mexican-fried rice and taco-rub (using the taco seasoning as a dry-rub). When I get the right, they’ll be up on my site.

    @Lance, naming it “taco seasoning” was probably a poor marketing idea on my part. There is so much you can use it for besides just tacos.

  10. Dale Nebesny

    Asian foods are great and they are always full of spices, i love to eat asian foods mainly because of its unique taste. “*..; –Hope This Helps!

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