Homemade Taco Seasoning

We love tacos and taco soup around our house. I used to buy packets of taco seasoning at the store, but one day I wanted to make some tacos and we were all out of seasoning packets. So it was time to experiment and use some spices I had in the cupboard. The tacos turned out great. Later, I found this delicious recipe for taco seasoning that has since become my go-to recipe for seasoning many different taco dishes. I have never since bought a packet of prepared seasoning because this is so simple to make with spices that I keep on hand.

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.

This recipe prepares enough taco seasoning to season about a pound of meat. It is about equivalent to your typical 1 oz. package of prepared taco seasoning that you can buy at the store. Depending on how strongly you like your food seasoned, though, you can put it with more or less meat. I usually just mix up the seasoning on the spot when we are cooking a dish, but I sometimes save the seasoning in an airtight container for the next time I cook.

Not only is this seasoning delicious, but I think it is cheaper and easier in the long run. We buy our spices in the bulk section at Sprouts Farmer's Market for considerably less than what bottled spices cost, and we always seem to have what we need on hand for mixing up a delicious seasoning.

Also, don't forget to check out our homemade salsa that goes hand in hand with any taco dish!

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