This Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is a savory spice blend that will add delicious flavor to your next taco night. Making your own seasoning is the tastiest and easiest way to add flavor to your next taco Tuesday!
❤️ Why you'll love making your own spice mixes
Simple ingredients: no need to rely on pricy store-bought packets. When you make a big batch of this homemade version you will need just a few basic spices!
Sugar-free: this homemade taco seasoning mix has no sweetener of any type, it is also low carb with just 1 net carb per tablespoon!
Versatile: making your own taco seasoning means you can adjust the spice level to your own personal taste.
Chili Powder: add a flavorful spicy heat to the seasoning mix.
Ground Cumin: has a strong earthy spicy flavor that compliments the chili powder.
Oregano: used often in Mexican recipes .
Smoked Paprika: if you don't care for smoked, you can substitute sweet paprika.
Onion Powder: enhances the flavor of the seasoning.
Garlic Powder: enhances the flavor of the seasoning.
Cayenne Pepper: gives the homemade taco seasoning a little extra heat.
Sea salt: one of the most important seasonings of all. It adds to the flavor of this taco seasoning blend. I don't recommend leaving it out unless you are on a diet that restricts the usage of salt.
How to use DIY taco seasoning
- If substituting for store-bought packets, use 3 tablespoons of seasoning for each packet of taco seasoning.
- Add taco seasoning to ground meat with a little bit of water (about ½ cup) to make delicious traditional ground beef tacos
- Season a pound of meat with 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning.
- Use it to season taco soup and chili recipes.
The great thing about making your own spice blends is you can make them any way you want. With as little or as much heat as you desire.
- To adjust the heat of this recipe, add more or less cayenne pepper. Leave the cayenne pepper out entirely for a mild taco seasoning mix.
- Substitute red pepper flakes for the cayenne pepper.
- Substitute Chipotle Chili Powder for the smoked paprika. Chipotles are made from smoked dried jalapenos. It still has that smoky taste, it just packs a lot of heat. I recommend leaving out the cayenne if you use Chipotle.
- If you like a finer ground powder, blend the spices together in a mini blender.
- Double the recipe to have plenty on hand for quick homemade tacos any night of the week.
🥫Storing homemade taco seasoning
Room temperature: store in an airtight container in a cool dry place (like your spice cabinet!) I like to use these mini spice jars with red checkered screw cap lids.!
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Homemade Taco Seasoning
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- Place all of the seasonings an a jar that has a matching lid. Screw the cap on tight and shake well.
- Use 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning to 1 pound of ground meat with ½ cup of water.
- This recipe will season up to 4 pounds of taco meat.