Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Taco Seasoned Pretzels

Let me tell you about my most recent meals.  Friday night we made shrimp tacos, guacamole, and very tasty margaritas. Saturday night after church we ate chicken and steak fajitas and queso dip.  I’ve been living about 87.4 percent on avocados.  I might actually turn into an avocado if I’m not careful.  They are considered Mexican food, right?  Chips and salsa…always on hand.  Quesadillas are our go-to last-minute meal.  Ok, I’m done.

During the sermon this weekend, our Senior pastor mentioned that if he was choosing what to eat for his very last meal, that he would probably choose Mexican.  I wonder what I would choose.

There is actually no question at all what I would choose.

Last night we hosted a ‘Taco Tuesday’ dinner at our house with our small group.  I had two packages of this rockin’ taco seasoning mix.

While I like to make my own, sometimes a girl just needs a little help from the store.  And you know I like my snacks.

So pretzels, meet taco seasoning.

Friends, meet salty, spicy crunchy pretzels, perfect for dipping in corn and black bean salsa.  Perfect for Mexican food-loving people like me.  Perfect for a spring Tuesday night.  What else do you need?

And I’m sort of embarrassed to call it a recipe.  It’s not; it’s a method.  A method that you should store away for the next party you host.  And flavor to your liking.  And add butter.  Yes, add butter.

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Taco Seasoned Pretzels Recipe

Yield: 4 cups

Cook Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups whole pretzels, any kind will do
1/2 cup canola oil
3 tsp. taco seasoning (store-bought or homemade)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lightly spray a 10X15X1 jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Spread the pretzels in an even layer on the jelly roll pan. In a small bowl, mix the canola oil, taco seasoning and garlic powder together until blended.

Pour evenly over the pretzels and stir until all of the pretzels are evenly coated. I found that it was easiest to mix them with my hands.

Bake in the preheated oven for 60-75 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Allow them to sit at room temperature to harden for about 15 minutes before serving.

Cassie's Notes:
This is barely a recipe. With that being said, make it your own! Use fajita seasoning, grilling seasoning, poultry seasoning, Greek seasoning...you get the point. It's so versatile and the pretzels will be fabulous with whatever seasoning you decide to add!

Next time I will try adding some Chex cereal or peanuts for some different texture.

 

43 Responses to “Taco Seasoned Pretzels”

  1. #
    Kathryn — April 4, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    I’m loving Mexican flavours at the moment so this looks like a great snack to have on hand!

  2. #
    Bev Weidner — April 4, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I could eat 5 billion of those. No, 6 billion.

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 4, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I love pretzels and I love taco seasoning. I can’t wait for our Trader Joe’s to open up in the Woodlands!

  4. #
    Meghan — April 4, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Great snack & perfect with some guacamole!

  5. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 4, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    This sounds so gooood! Yes the extra o’s are necessary! ;)

  6. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 4, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    fun idea! we do Taco Tuesday quite a bit, too, although this week we’re doing Taco Wednesday — tonight! =)

  7. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 4, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Great idea. These look so tasty, and I’m sure I won’t be able to stop at just 1!

  8. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 4, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    This could be dangerous! I’m actually not a huge pretzel fan, but covered in taco seasoning I think I might be in trouble…

  9. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 4, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Great thinking! One of my close friends eats pretzels every day. I’ll make these for her when she comes to visit!

  10. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 4, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Cassie this is fabulous! I’ve been craving a mustard version for DAYS – and now you’ve done it – pushed me over the edge and into a state that requires I move forward with this craving and action myself some pretzels. So tasty!!

  11. #
    Anna — April 4, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I LOVE pretzels, and this seasoning would just make them even more addictive! Perfect snack!

  12. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 4, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I have seen so many recipes lately on pinterest using taco seasoning…I need to pick some up for those and for the pretzels.

  13. #
    Stephanie — April 4, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I was think about seasoning nuts, but never pretzels! And I love taco seasoning! I could go for a big bowl right now!

  14. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — April 4, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    YUM!! I’m pretty sure mexican would be my last meal too. Or buffalo something. I made some buffalo pretzels a few months ago and they are so AWESOME! I love the smell of spices cooking in the oven, like chex mix!
    These sound wonderful!!

  15. #
    Tina@flourtrader — April 4, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Whoa, you have just turned me into a pretzel convert. I never really liked them much because I think they are pretty bland. Lots
    There are just way too many snacks out there with more flavor.
    However, you have given them the more flavor that they need.
    Also, you could not have chosen a better flavor to use.
    I want some-yum!

  16. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 4, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Could you be any more of a genius? this is awesome! My husband would eat all of these in 2 seconds.

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 4, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    I heart you. And Trader Joes. That is all.

  18. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 4, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Yum!! I have done something similar with oyster crackers before, but the pretzels are such a great idea!

  19. #
    Lauren — April 4, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Yum! What a great idea!

  20. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    I’m suddenly feeling snack-y hmmm… *wishing I had pretzels*

  21. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 4, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Recipe or not, these sound GOOOOOD!!! Great method, Cassie!

  22. #
    Baking Serendipity — April 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    Love, love love! I’ve been roasting chickpeas in taco seasoning non-stop lately and I totally see it sneaking into pretzels next :) PS: I love that TJ’s seasoning! I think it’s a little spicier than the others I’ve bought in the past, and it’s a new favorite at my house.

  23. #
    lars — April 4, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    Dumbest recipe Ive ever seen

  24. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — April 4, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I was thinking a few weeks ago about what my last meal would be, and I chose Mexican–tamales to me more specific. Love them! These pretzels sound awesome, too. I’m not usually a big pretzel fan, but I usually like flavored ones. I’ll have to keep this in mind so that we can try it sometime soon.

  25. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 4, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I saw these this morning when I had a chance to jump on the computer quickly. I have to be honset with you I have been thinking of these tasty pretzels all day. This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to have a party to make these I’m going to whip up some soon!

  26. #
    Sheila — April 4, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    TJ’s taco seasoning is my all time favorite! Since we don’t have a TJ’s any where near us I stock up when I do get to one. This pretzel recipe looks awesome!

  27. #
    kirby @ Maids — April 5, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    Awesome! alternative way to enjoy eating pretzel ahahas!

  28. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 5, 2012 @ 3:50 am

    This is so great! I used to use that mix before. I’ve never thought of using it for Pretzels! Great snack – my husband will thank you for this recipe!

  29. #
    Shannon — April 5, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Cassie, these look so good! I love flavored pretzels. Next time you make these try using popping oil instead of canola, soooooooo good!

    • Cassie replied: — April 5th, 2012 @ 8:36 am

      I have heard that from so many people. It must be good that way! I might make these again this weekend to try it out.

  30. #
    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 5, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Such a fun idea! I love the seasoned pretzels in Chex Mix bags, so I’m sure these are fantastic :)

  31. #
    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen. } — April 5, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    These are perfectly dangerous!!!

  32. #
    Sandra's Easy Cooking — April 6, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Awesome idea..I would be totally addicted!:)

  33. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — April 7, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    Oh my goodness! I have to have these! What a perfect Easter snack! I usually just put out a plate of veggies and dip, looks like Easter snacks is changing around the Epicurean Mom family! ;-)

  34. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — April 7, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Maybe it’s not a recipe… but I’m totally pinning it anyway. Fabulous idea! Thanks!

  35. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 9, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Recipe or method, it’s perfect fine to share deliciousness with everyone :)

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