17 March 2010

Being Frugal with Mixes

One way to be frugal is to try and find substitutes for some of your favorite mixes. What I'm referring to are a few the usual suspects that come in pretty handy when making other meals: such as onion soup mix and taco seasoning. Both of these mixes can be pretty pricey at the store, but if you can find a good substitute recipe, you can save a good deal of money. However, the problem comes in trying to find a good recipe.

What I would like to do today is share two of the recipes I've discovered that seem to be fairly close to the originals. I cannot take credit for creating the recipe, so I will include a link to the original site.

First up, here is a great copycat recipe for mixing your own Lipton's Onion Soup Mix. I've tried this one myself and it is really close to the store-bought variety. As you know, this is a salty soup, so if you want to decrease the sodium, I would go for a low-sodium beef bouillon powder. Since I made ours using the regular beef bouillon powder, I do not know how the low-sodium variety will affect the taste, if at all.

What you need...

  • ¾ cup of minced onion

  • 1/3 cup of beef bouillon powder

  • 4 tsp. onion powder

  • ¼ tsp. crushed celery seed

  • ¼ tsp. sugar


Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and mix well.

recipe courtesy of... recipezaar.com

Next, I would like to share a copycat recipe for Taco Bell Taco Seasoning mix. I have used this recipe for well over a year and my family just loves it.

The measurements for this recipe is for use with one pound of ground beef.

What you need...

  • 1 Tbs. flour (I substitute powdered sour cream for this ingredient)

  • 1 Tbs. corn starch

  • 1 Tbs. dried minced onion

  • 1 tsp. beef bouillon powder

  • 1 tsp. garlic salt (to reduce the sodium content, I substitute granulated garlic, instead)

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • ½ tsp. onion salt

  • ¼ tsp. sugar


Again, I use a jar to mix and store this mix.

recipe courtesy of... Robbie's Recipes

For even more recipes, please visit these sites, because there is a wealth of information there. By spending some time on these and similar sites, you can discover even more to help you live a more frugal life.

5 comments:

  1. That's a great site - I'm adding it to my favs :)

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  2. Very interesting. I hadn't thought of making our own taco seasoning but I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I have a couple recipes that I found for making your own mixes. I've never tried them though. This is a great idea and I really should start doing this myself. I'll check out the links you gave here.

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  4. My wife uses the low sodium broth,It does not affect the taste,JUST LESS SALT!

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  5. Storm, The Psychotic Housewife: I know, I spend quite a lot of time there :)

    BeadedTail: You're welcome. It really does taste just like the packaged stuff.

    Ann: The trick is finding one that actually tastes like what your trying to copy. The two I've included come very close.

    Mike Golch: Great! Thank you for letting us know :)

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