May 23

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning -- once you try this DIY taco seasoning recipe, you’ll never go back to the icky processed store bought version again. Easy, inexpensive and preservative-free! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Updated from the archives -- originally posted in October 2012

I prefer to make my own homemade spice mixes whenever possible. I mean, why not? It takes just a few minutes to stir a few spices together, and the results are SO much better than anything I've ever purchased.

One spice mix that I make time and time again is homemade taco seasoning. Yeah, those little packets at the grocery store are relatively inexpensive, but have you ever really looked at the ingredients? Last time I checked, I found partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, and ethoxyquin (what?! this is a pesticide!), to name just a few...

No, thank you! I prefer the satisfaction of mixing up my own homemade taco seasoning, knowing that I can control the quality of the ingredients -- and the ingredients themselves. No icky additives allowed!

Homemade Taco Seasoning -- once you try this DIY taco seasoning recipe, you’ll never go back to the icky processed store bought version again. Easy, inexpensive and preservative-free! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Chances are you already have the necessary ingredients sitting in your spice cabinet. You'll need to gather your chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cornstarch (keeps the mixture uniform and acts as a thickening agent), cayenne pepper, oregano, and black pepper.

From there it's just a matter of measuring them out, whisking them together, and transferring the taco seasoning spice mix to a clean container for storage.

Homemade Taco Seasoning -- once you try this DIY taco seasoning recipe, you’ll never go back to the icky processed store bought version again. Easy, inexpensive and preservative-free! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Incidentally, I love these little 200-gram Le Parfait jars for my spice mixtures, but they can be a bit pricey. I scored an entire box of 12 for $8.99 plus shipping on eBay, though! Mason jars or Weck jars work great, as well.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: about 8 servings

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Transfer to a clean container for storage. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.
  3. We like spicy meals here, but if you prefer a less spicy version, simply leave out the cayenne pepper.
  4. Substitute this homemade taco seasoning spice mix 1:1 in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. I typically use about 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup of water per pound of cooked and drained ground beef.
  5. Try it in this easy and budget-friendly taco meat recipe.

http://unsophisticook.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

 
Taco Meat Recipe

Use about two tablespoons of the homemade taco seasoning, plus 1/4 cup of water, per pound of cooked and drained meat, or substitute it 1:1 in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. We use it in this easy and budget-friendly taco meat recipe at least once a week!

I will warn you that my family loves spicy food, although I don't feel like this taco seasoning packs a lot of heat. However, if you prefer an even milder flavor, you may want to omit the cayenne pepper to tone it down a bit. That's the great thing about creating custom spice mixes -- you control every aspect!

Do you make your own spice mixtures at home? What's your favorite blend?

Homemade Taco Seasoning -- once you try this DIY taco seasoning recipe, you’ll never go back to the icky processed store bought version again. Easy, inexpensive and preservative-free! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

by Tara | 13 comments

  • We make this all the time. Love it!

  • I make my own too...it's all about awareness. I couldn't believe that crazy list of ingredients!

  • Anna

    Thanks for the recipe. I was thinking about making my own mix just this morning! It came at the perfect time.

  • This is a great recipe. I eat wheat free and it can be difficult to find many seasoning mixes without some silly addition of wheat.

  • Love this series...and what a great helper you have.

  • great post :) thanks!

  • I love those little jars & what a bargain! Taco seasoning is something I never remember to buy and you are so right, making your own is so much better!

  • steph

    Why the cornstarch? Also, add some ground coriander for a more complex flavor.

    • The cornstarch keeps the mixture from getting clumpy, and it also helps create a saucier texture if you add a little water when mixing it with ground beef like the store bought packets do. Coriander sounds like a great addition though!

  • always have a homemade version of this in my cabinet. so nice knowing what the ingredients are.

  • Thanks for the recipe, I've always wanted to try to do it myself. Now I don't have excuses anymore!

  • Judy

    Thanks for this recipe. I use taco seasonings in many recipes. Once I open the packet I try to use the rest of it up quickly. Now I don't have to open a packet to use a little bit.

    Your assistant is adorable!!!

  • Sue

    I am going to try this for a church get together after the evening service with our missionary from Kenya, Africa. About 40 people.

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