Make your own all purpose homemade taco seasoning and you’ll never go back to the icky processed store bought version again… Easy, less expensive, preservative-free and Whole30 approved! This is a great multipurpose taco seasoning mix that can be substituted 1:1 in any recipe.
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… Even the new organic packets I’ve seen recently have evaporated cane juice in them (i.e. sugar), which is totally unnecessary.
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!
Chances are you already have the necessary ingredients sitting in your spice cabinet. I prefer an all organic mix, but you can certainly use conventional spices, as well. In case you’re wondering, I order most of my organic spices from Amazon. The Simply Organic brand is my most trusted favorite, and the prices are much better than my local grocery stores, especially if it ships as an add-on item or is available with Subscribe & Save.
You’ll need to gather your chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and black pepper. From there it’s just a matter of measuring each ingredient out, whisking them together, and transferring the taco seasoning mix to a clean container for storage.
Incidentally, I love these little 200-gram flip-top jars for my spice mixtures, but they can be a bit pricey. I once scored an entire box of 12 for $8.99 plus shipping on eBay, though! Mason jars or Weck jars work great, as well.
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Easy Weeknight Ground Beef Taco 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 weeknight 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?
Updated from the archives — originally posted in October 2012