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