Recently, I had a hankering for some tacos. I had all of the ingredients for leftover pork tacos, except for the taco seasoning, a crucial ingredient. What I didn't have a hankering for was to drive to the grocery store for one item.
So I did a quick search and discovered that taco seasoning is really easy to make at home, because the ingredients are most likely staples in your spice cabinet. It's also easy to adapt to your family's taste, heat tolerance, and what you have on hand. Try this recipe and once you have perfected it to your family's taste, make it in bulk and store in a air tight container.
Store bought taco seasoning isn't too outrageously priced at .50 - $1, but I made this recipe in bulk for zero cents, because I had all of the ingredients on hand. Another reason to make your own blend is that you are avoiding the fillers and preservatives found in store bought versions.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt - Use ⅛ teaspoon if using table salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes - optional, depending on your heat tolerance
You may add 1 teaspoon corn starch or flour to thicken the dish, but it’s not necessary.
If making in bulk, use 3 tablespoons per 1 pound of meat.
Print recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning. Also, try my Homemade Fajita Seasoning.
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