There’s nothing I love more in my kitchen than making a meal with homemade-from-scratch ingredients. I don’t always make everything from scratch because who has that much time? But one of my favorite things to make is taco seasoning. I’ve experimented with my own taco seasoning for awhile now, and almost every time I make it there’s a new tweak I’ve made. I used to always buy my taco seasoning and never thought twice about it until I heard of someone making taco seasoning using what they had in their spice cabinet and I got to work.
The best thing about making a spice like this from home is that you can use whatever you have on hand, and adjust according to what you like. Not only is this super easy to make, it’s also better for you than the store bought stuff with all the extra additives and flavorings.
Here’s what I use: salt, pepper, cumin, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika and dried oregano leaves.
Layer all the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar and then stir or shake to mix up.
Taste and adjust. This recipe makes it spicy so if you want less spice, add less crushed pepper and chili powder. If you like your taco meat extra garlic-y, add more garlic, etc. It’s really a very customizable spice!
Add a chalkboard tag on the top and give it as a present to a friend or keep and store in your pantry. I gave my sister some for part of her Christmas gift this year.. it’s a perfect gift topper!
You just need 2 heaping tablespoons + 1/2 cup water per 1-pound of meat.
Use the taco seasoning to make my Easy Enchiladas!
- 2 TBSP - Chili Powder
- 2 t - Garlic Powder
- 2 t - Onion Powder
- 1/2 t - Crushed Red Pepper
- 2 t - Dried Oregano
- 2 t - Smoked Paprika
- 2 TBSP - Cumin
- 3 t - Sea Salt
- 1/2 t - Black Pepper
- Combine all ingredients and stir or shake well to combine. Adjust as needed.
- 2 heaping TBSP + 1/2 cup water per 1-pound of taco meat.