In our quest to cut down on the amount of processed foods we buy, my hubby and I are experimenting with homemade sauces and seasonings, products we would otherwise purchase in a jar or packet.  Some of the components of these recipes may seem expensive, although $8 for a jar of cumin really will go a long way.  By stocking your pantry with a few special goodies, you’ll have plenty of ingredients for these recipes and others.

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

We’ve been doing this for a while, and I usually just wing it with the ingredients; pretty much whatever we have on hand, or how spicy we’re feeling that day, or what have you.  Here’s the idea of it:

3 Tbsp paprika or smoked paprika

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder or smoked chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine spices and add to browned taco meat.

 

 

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Some of you may have caught this recipe in the comments section of another post, but it’s worth repeating.  Enchiladas are an easy, quick, freeze-ahead meal, and making a homemade sauce barely adds any prep time.  You can find the original recipe at this link, but I’ve modified it (and the preparation method) below—four tablespoons of chili powder was way too much for this girl.   You can adjust the spiciness to suit your own tastes.

 

2 Tbsp flour

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp oregano

2 cups chicken broth

Blend the flour and spices in a small bowl.  Heat chicken broth to just boiling and slowly add spice mixture, whisking to combine and prevent lumps.  Simmer on medium-low heat until the sauce thickens.  Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 

Homemade Stir-fry Sauce

This one I love.  Stir-fry is such a light, healthy meal and sometimes store-bought sauces, although tasty, sometimes weigh down the meal for me.  This homemade sauce is nice and light, but the flavor still rivals any bottled sauce.

2 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp dry sherry

1/2 tsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp chile-garlic sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

Whisk all ingredients together and add to stir fry.

 

Want more?  Check out my post for Nanny’s Spaghetti Sauce here.