My family loves tacos and this Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix makes taco night at our house a snap. The blend of spices in this mix make a great tasting taco meat and you can kick it up a notch by adding some crushed red pepper if you like it hot. One batch of this mix makes enough mix for 4 taco nights. It stores for up to 1 year in an airtight container. This mix is less expensive than buying the pre-made mixes at the grocery store and you know exactly what the ingredients are. The essential thing to remember when making this mix is to use fresh spices. If the ingredients you are using have been sitting in your pantry for years they have lost their optimum potency and flavor. As a general rule, store bought spices are good for 1-2 years on the shelf as long as they are stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. The original packaging works fine. I always keep this in mind when buying bulk spices. If it isn’t reasonable that I will use it all in a year, it really isn’t worth giving up the extra space in my kitchen. Sometimes it is best to buy smaller quantities of quality spices more often to maintain the quality freshness and taste they add to my favorite meals. This Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix will stay fresh and flavorful if it is also stored in an airtight container and stored in a cool, dark place.