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Recipe: Taco Seasoning

This recipe for Taco Seasoning is very close to the packaged kind you can find in the grocery store.

Tacos have become an American standard meal…. Kids, as well as, adults scarf them down… most cooks use packaged taco seasoning… I did too… until I realized I could do better by making my own seasoning…. By making my own seasoning, I could eliminate the MSG and control the amount of salt in my tacos. I also liked the idea of controlling the heat too.


It’s super easy to make up…. use 3 tablespoons for every pound of ground beef you use… if using with ground turkey or chicken… you may want to add more since turkey and chicken are bland…

The recipe makes a little more than 3 tablespoons... I would recommend you triple the recipe and save the leftovers for the next time... just store in a Ziploc bag... this way you're good to go at a moments notice!

The great thing about making your own seasoning mix… season to your taste… use more seasoning if that is what suits your taste.

If you like your tacos with a kick… add crushed red pepper flakes… start with a ¼ teaspoon and taste… add more to adjust to taste as necessary.

I also included in the picture below... 2 kinds of McCormick Chili Powder... one is the regular chili powder the other is the Mexican Hot Chili Powder... you may want to use some of both or just one or the other.

Recipe: Taco Seasoning

All you need:

1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne

All you need to do:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix thoroughly.

Store in an airtight container.

Directions for use:

Brown 1 pound ground meat in a large skillet.

Drain fat.

Add 3 tablespoons Taco Seasoning.

Add 2/3 cup water and stir to completely mix seasoning into meat.

Simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until meat is correct consistency.


Karine July 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

Thanks for the taco seasoning recipe! I also try to stay away from all these pre-package products... you never know what there is in them!

sherri July 21, 2009 at 9:50 AM  

I've never made my own- I'll have to give this a try! Thanks.

Donna-FFW July 21, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

I have never made my own. Ill have to try this out, my children adore tacos!

Kat May 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM  

I am going to make my own today!! Still loving your blog.

Linda May 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM  

Hope you like it Kat! If you do.... Check out my other seasonings... I make them all the time.

Thanks for stopping by!


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