Taco seasoning is relatively inexpensive, but 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.
One look at the ingredients list on the back of a package sitting in my cabinet and saw partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, ethoxyquin, to name just a few, and that was enough for me! I got to work figuring out a homemade alternative without all of the icky additives.
Chances are the ingredients are already sitting in your spice cabinet. It's just a matter of measuring them out and whisking them together.
We took our spices outside to our patio table for ease in cleanup, and I sat back and watched my lovely assistant do all the hard work. Then I transferred the taco seasoning spice mix to a clean container for storage.
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!
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.
Now I'll warn you that my family loves spicy food. If you prefer a 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?