tex-mex taco seasoning

Make your own tex-mex seasoning

Have you made your own taco seasoning before? It's so easy! And it's so delicious! This tex-mex seasoning is smoky and full of heat, which is perfect for the cold weather we've been having around here. You'll feel it in your bones.

tex-mex seasoning
This is the perfect amount for one batch of taco meat. Try doubling or tripling to have extra on hand.

1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground coriander

Mix everything together and use immediately or store in an airtight container for later.

Do you have a go-to seasoning mix to share?

currently: january

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I get to type this out right before posting in a Starbucks. I'm pricing for cost of living this week, which means late starts, a lot of driving, and working from coffee shops at times. I can't complain; this is a situation I thrive in.

feeling strangely relaxed these days

wishing I could do this every day

waking up early again

seriously obsessed with reading for pleasure again

eating home-cooked food for every meal again

drinking tall flat whites with an extra shot

enjoying our short "polar vortex"

listening to classics from the 1940s and Mississippi Delta blues lately

planning a trip to Oxford, Mississippi in the fall

looking ahead to studying for the GRE (seriously, I'm dying to know if I can get a score good enough for a PhD program)

loving coming home every day

cooking so much fish…tuna, salmon, tilapia, shrimp

appreciating living in Florida so much more right now. It's only 46*, and I'm in a 3/4 sleeve shirt and flip flops in January

thinking about the possibility of buying a house in the near(er) future

looking for a project to stick with me

wondering how much vinyl I can get today with my limited vinyl fund

on-the-fly tuna steak

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I wish I had a legit recipe for you today, because this tuna steak was absolutely amazing. I found frozen yellowfin tuna steaks on sale at Target over the weekend and decided to be adventurous and try them out. I'm usually iffy on tuna, but with Johnny back in classes I need easy and quick meals for one during the week. This meal is it: a quick grilled piece of fish, some spices, and a zucchini. Seriously, that's it.

  • I made the sauce using sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, and a little bit of sriracha. I'm sure you can sub in olive oil if you don't have sesame oil laying around like I do (from a failed experiment with miso and seitan last year).
  • I used a peeler to ribbon a zucchini and tossed the strips with pepper and a very light pinch of salt.
  • I brushed the sauce on the tuna and grilled it on the Foreman grill for two minutes on each side. Then, I let the tuna rest for five minutes before topping with sesame seeds and any leftover sauce.

That's all I did. The tuna was the perfect shade of red inside, and the sauce was super tasty. The ribboned zucchini was the perfect salad to go with it. This was simple, quick, and perfect for a weeknight dinner.

bring it on, 2015!


It's 7 in the morning here. The sun hasn't come up yet, and I'm making my first post of 2015 with a massive sore throat. But you know what? I'm ready to bring it on. I may not get a mile in during the first day. I may not be able to eat something I cook on the first day. But whatever. I'm here and I'm ready, green tea and all.

I'm here to round-up the goals that will define 2015 for me. Enjoy the goals, enjoy today, and be ready to make the most of 2015.

Cook my way through a cookbook
Run 300 miles
Maintain this blog better
Handle my money better…to save for a down payment on a house