Once you make your own homemade taco seasoning, you will never look back. It's easy to mix up and you can adapt the recipe until it's perfect for your family. Keep it ready to go in the store cupboard or make spice jar gifts for a hostess present or stocking filler. This taco seasoning is so versatile, you can use it in all your favourite Mexican recipes, as a rub or add it to a homemade soup!
Here's how I make my taco seasoning:
- 1 - 2 teaspoon chili powder (depending on the strength of powder and how hot you like it!)
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
Simply mix together, taste and adapt as you like. Store in small glass jars to prevent stains on plastic containers.
Why homemade taco seasoning?
Better for you and your family:
With homemade seasoning, you cut out all the additives, preservatives and coloring. You can keep salt / sodium to the level that you are happy with for your family too. If you don't like too much spice, you can keep down the chili quantity and make a milder taco seasoning. Prefer a more smoky seasoning? No problem - just swap the salt for smoked salt or increase the quantity of smoked paprika.
Vary the quantity:
This recipe is roughly the equivalent of a single store-bought packet of taco seasoning, but feel free to make a larger batch to scoop and use whenever you like or to increase or decrease depending how many you are cooking for. Make a large batch and use it for spice jar gifts too. Spice jars make perfect Christmas presents or hostess gifts and will be a big hit in a student care package!