Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

It’s easy to make your own 100% natural Taco Seasoning from chili powder, cumin, paprika and a few other common pantry spices. Dodge the packet from the store and perfectly balance every smoky, savory, mild or spicy nuance of flavor! 

This traditional, DIY blend of spices goes perfectly with many of our Mexican Recipes including chicken or beef Fajitas, Taquitos, and Shrimp Tacos. Make a big batch and use as a dry rub for meats, or to pep up savory dishes such as casseroles or chili!

Taco Tuesday has become an American tradition and our household is no different. Our kids crunch through the hard-shell variety while my husband and I do Taco Salads [add link] topped with black beans, sliced olives and avocados. Switching from stale, filler-stuffed packets to the vibrant flavors of quality fresh spices means none of us can wait for Tuesday!

Ingredients in Taco Seasoning:

Chili powder: Itself a blend of spices.

Cumin: This lends that “Mexican” flavor that truly distinguishes taco seasoning.

Oregano: Fresher, cheaper and in more bulk in the Latin foods aisle. 

Paprika: Try smoked to add depth of flavor.

Cayenne: Just a pinch to add heat. Proceed with caution, a lot goes a long way!

Pepper: Fresh ground makes a big difference in flavor.

Garlic powder 

Onion powder 

Salt

Taco Seasoning

How to Make Taco Seasoning:

Combine the above ingredients well and voila! You’re done. The recipe on the card below is approximately equivalent to one store-bought packet.

Taco Seasoning

To store:

Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. For maximum freshness use within six months.

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Taco Seasoning

It’s easy to make your own 100% natural Taco Seasoning from chili powder, cumin, paprika and a few other common pantry spices. Dodge the packet from the store and perfectly balance every smoky, savory, mild or spicy nuance of flavor! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 64kcal
Author Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes , optional

Instructions

  • Mix all spices together until well combined.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. Use 2 tablespoons in place of one “packet” of taco seasoning, or to season 1 pound of meat.

Notes

Yields about 1/2 cup taco seasoning. Serving size is 2 Tablespoons.

Store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. For maximum freshness use within six months.

Packet Taco Seasoning replacement: if you only want to make enough taco seasoning to replace 1 packet, use the following amounts:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2575mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4967IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 5mg

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Photography by Nikole from The Travel Palate.

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