Homemade Taco Seasoning

Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, seven layer dip, and lots more yummy recipes call for taco seasoning. Too bad most of the little packets of taco seasoning have yucky stuff in them. Seriously, who puts maltodextrin in stuff on purpose? It’s a filler starch made from GMO corn, and unfortunately it’s a main ingredient in the store stuff, along with neurotoxins like MSG and autolyzed extracts.  If you’re ready to try your hand at making homemade versions of packaged foods, then taco seasoning is a good place to start.

IMG_2711Taco seasoning should simply be a mixture of common herbs and spices – you probably have most of them already in your cupboard. I have a favorite “secret” ingredient I love to add – chipotle chili powder is my favorite because it contributes a smoky flavor and a pleasant heat. Chipotle chilis are made by smoking and drying jalapenos.  I really like the Frontier Chipotle Powder a lot, but if you can’t find it I’ve seen other brands at the grocery.

Make up a batch of this taco seasoning and use it this weekend to make tacos for Cinco de Mayo. If you double or even triple this seasoning recipe you’ll have plenty left over for later. Store it in a glass lidded jar.  Use 2-3 tablespoons for each pound of ground beef in your recipes. taco seasoning 3

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Recipe type: seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Ditch the packets of questionable ingredients and make your own delicious taco seasoning from scratch. You control the heat by how much of the spicy ingredients you use.
  • 1 Tblsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (or more to taste)
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ - ½ tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ - 1 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and store the seasoning in a lidded glass jar.
  2. Use 2 Tblsp per pound of ground beef.
  3. Use more if you like things spicier.

Don’t stop with taco seasoning. Try making your own salsa with our recipe here. And see how easy it is to make homemade guacamole; just watch our video here.

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