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Homemade taco seasoning is easy to make and tastes much better than store-bought tacos. Loaded with so much flavor, the taco seasoning is used more than anything else in my spice cabinet.
Mixing this Mexican spice mix is more than simple and will save you time when you cook later. My family eats a lot of Mexican food and for years I have used taco seasonings regularly in countless recipes.
About ten years ago, I decided to try making my own taco seasoning recipe and I'm so glad I did. I found a basic recipe for seasoning tacos at Allrecipes a long time ago and over the years, I modified it and adapted it to our tastes.
It makes sense to prepare a double or triple batch of this seasoning mix and keep it on hand at all times. A little spicier than standard taco mixes and fully customizable to your individual tastes, here are some of my favorite cooking spices.
homemade taco seasoning
I use this homemade taco seasoning at least 3-4 times a week and have it on hand at all times. My kids already know how to mix a new batch when it's running low.
This is probably the most widely used staple in my pantry. Just a tablespoon will add a great amount of flavor to any meal.
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Homemade spice mixes always taste much better than store-bought ones and are also surprisingly easy to prepare. If you haven't tried it yet, you should include Homemade Crazy Salt on your test list.
This homemade Italian seasoning is another favorite that is constantly used in my kitchen. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Mild Homemade Curry Powder and Harissa Dry Spice Blend are also great to try.
Many of our favorite recipes use this taco seasoning. The best taco meat has been a hit with everyone who tries it. I keep a package of that taco meat cooked and ready to go in the freezer almost all the time.
Slow cook steak fajitas are a dinner that almost cooks itself and these Black Bean Taco Nachos are kids and adults favorites for lunch and dinner. The Southwest Chicken Skillet skillet is full of lots of vegetables and a lot of flavor from these Mexican spices.
Cooking tip: I use these jars to make this recipe.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
- In a small jar or bowl, combine chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and pepper.
- Shake or stir to combine.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 32 tsp
- 4 tablespoons chili powder I used NM Red Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoonful of oregano
- 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoonful of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 236 mg | Potassium: 33mg | Vitamin A: 390 IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Homemade Seasoning Taco