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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ Why buy a pre-made package blend with unknown ingredients when you can make this with all the spices in your spice cabinet.
Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ Why buy a pre-made package blend with unknown ingredients when you can make your own tailored blend using all the spices you currently have in your spice cabinet ~ The Complete Savorist Tonight, I went to make dinner.  I was working on a new post (out Tuesday or Wednesday, if all goes well) and I needed taco seasoning.  It’s been over a decade since I last purchased a packet of taco seasoning.

I have just been opening all the necessary spices and sprinkling here or there as needed.  Tonight, it just got to me, having to open 8 different seasonings and spices to make one dish was just too much, particularly for something I use frequently enough.  I actually found myself longing for the packet of premixed stuff.  Yes, I was being a lazy cook. That got me thinking about making my own homemade taco seasoning blend.

I thought to myself, ‘you know how to put together your own blend, be like Nike and Just Do It.’ So I just did it.  It literally would have taken 3 minutes to put the blend together if it weren’t for the fact I had to put them all in little bowls, take pictures and then put them on a cutting board, take different pictures, and finally blend them so I can take even more pictures.

But here you go.  Make your own homemade taco seasoning blend, it’s better for you, tastes better and you know exactly what is in it.  You can add more or less of anything to get the right flavor for you and your family.

I added 1 teaspoon of cayenne to mine.  It’s at the max level of heat I can physically stand. I have a sensitive tummy.  But my daughter went to town on the dinner without being phased in the slightest by the level (or negligible level) of heat.  Yes, my 4 year old can handle more heat than her Mommy! I am a wuss!

If your family likes things hot, well add more cayenne or add some chipotle too.  This is a base recipe, but by no means a ‘one size fits all’ recipe. We all like things a bit different so play with it until it is perfect for you and your family.  If you have questions about how to best adapt it for your family’s tastes, please leave a comment, send me an email, or message me on any of the many social media platforms.  Enjoy.

Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ Why buy a pre-made package blend with unknown ingredients when you can make your own tailored blend using all the spices you currently have in your spice cabinet ~ The Complete Savorist

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Mix all in a bowl until well blended
  2. Keep in an air-tight sealed container

Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ Why buy a pre-made package blend with unknown ingredients when you can make your own tailored blend using all the spices you currently have in your spice cabinet ~ The Complete Savorist

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    christine
    November 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I love making my own seasonings. This looks great. And the photo is a beaut!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Christine! Love that you used the word Beaut too! LOL

  • Reply
    Victoria
    November 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Yay for homemade seasonings!! I have been too lazy to figure out my own. But this looks fantastic 🙂 can’t wait to make a batch!! My husbands favorite dish is fajitas…I’ll try making them with this seasoning mix! I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Victoria. It’s really easy. And now I want Fajitas. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    November 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    So smart to make it yourself so you know exactly what’s going in, and there’s lots of good spices in this mix!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Kelly! I like being able to control how much of what is in a blend.

  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    November 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Making Your own taco seasoning so much tastier than store bought! Nice photo naming each spice!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you Sandra. I agree, much better than store bought.

  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    November 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Homemade seasonings are so much better than store bought. Economical too! Love your photo naming all the spices!!

  • Reply
    Darren
    November 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Michelle, The picture shows cumin but the recipe does not have it listed.
    Darren

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Darren, that’s what happens when I can’t read my own notes! Updating now.

  • Reply
    Hein
    November 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    You can never beat a homemade seasoning! This will be such a great dry rub.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Oh, I hadn’t thought of using it that way! Genius, my friend.

  • Reply
    Debra Clark
    November 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Another yay for homemade seasonings – need to do this myself – thanks for the recipe! Love to know what goes into my food!!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Debra! It’s really easy to put together. And so much better for you.

  • Reply
    Patty Haxton Anderson
    November 19, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Michelle, I love making my own seasonings at home. Love your photos in this post.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Patty, I still struggle with photography, but I appreciate the encouragement.

  • Reply
    3-Bean Chili con Carne
    December 10, 2014 at 1:27 am

    […] 2 tbsp taco seasoning […]

  • Reply
    Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    March 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

    What a great recipe! Homemade seasoning tastes so much better than store bought!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much, and I agree, much better than store bought. No chemicals or preservatives.

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    December 22, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Love making my own seasonings! I own just about every spice and herb you could ever need, so making my own mixes is always super easy and makes more sense 😛

  • Reply
    Christie
    December 22, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I never like to buy taco seasoning either. Love that I can make it myself now. I’ve got all the spices on hand.

  • Reply
    Kristen
    December 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I love your “just do it” attitude when faced with making your own spice mix. This sounds delicious. I love making my own spice blends, too!

  • Reply
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    December 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I absolutely love making my own spice blends! Your pictures came out so gorgeous too.

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    December 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful photos, even if they did slow down your process 😉 What a great idea – so simple to do and yes, I’m sure it tastes better than anything you can buy in a bottle!

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