One thing I've been trying to slowly do over the past few years is find replacements for those expensive seasoning packets that are mostly filler ingredients (not just spices). Here are recipes for fajitas and tacos. They are really good! I don't know where I originally got these recipes (I print up recipes in Microsoft Word and often don't try them right away), but they were probably from the internet.
6 parts chili powder
3 parts ground cumin
1 part oregano
1 part garlic powder
Stir well and store in air tight container. Use 3-4 T in place of a packet of seasoning.
We usually take one package (3 pieces) of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and chop and cook the chicken. Then we add 1-2 chopped onions, 1-2 chopped green peppers, and add 4 T of seasoning that has been mixed with water to make a paste. Then we cook it all until the vegetables are soft.
Taco Seasoning (I just tried this today for the first time, and it was good!)
6 tsp chili powder
5 tsp paprika
4 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp onion powder (I added some fresh chopped onion to the meat instead)
2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne (red) pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Stir together (doubling, tripling, etc.) and store in an airtight container. Use 2-3 tablespoons in place of store mix.
To 1 lb ground beef, I would add 2 T of the mix, more if you like spicy. Adding fresh, frozen, or canned chopped tomatoes is a nice addition. Four romas per 1 lb meat is a good amount. You can also cook 1/4 cup of dry rice in advance and add it to the meat to stretch the recipe.