Maybe you’ve heard it said before that the one thing you can count on in life is change. The older I get the more I find that to be so very true. Things just don’t stay the same . . . and that can even be true for making your own taco seasoning!
My original homemade taco seasoning was one of the first recipes I published on my blog and what I loved about that recipe was that I had formulated it to be a replacement for one taco seasoning packet and it was the perfect size to season one pound of ground beef. It was just what I needed.
But guess what? That’s exactly what’s NOT working out for me now. Very seldom do we use ground beef in our tacos anymore. Instead we sometimes do a bean-rice-corn-salsa blend as our filling. Sometimes we do roasted cauliflower topped with slaw in our tacos. Sometimes we still use a little bit of chicken. And for all those options I found myself wishing for an easy DIY taco seasoning blend in a shaker jar that I could just sprinkle on here and there when cooking to add a boost of mexican flavor. It was time to give myself a new recipe.
How To Make Taco Seasoning From Scratch
The good news is that was very easy to create a new recipe! My original taco seasoning recipe was a great starting point from which I decided to make a batch about triple that original size.
I also decided to get rid of a couple of the “chunkier” ingredients (minced onion and red pepper flakes) and replaced them with more finely ground ingredients (onion powder and ground cayenne) so that the mixture would be more of a powdery blend. The other ingredients all remained in the recipe (chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic salt, and oregano) in new adjusted quantities.
Every time I make a homemade seasoning blend I’m reminded of just how easy it is to make them from scratch. It only takes a minute or two to measure out the ingredients and stir or shake them together. They’re inexpensive to make and there’s no mystery filler ingredients to worry about either. I almost never buy seasoning packets from the store anymore but on the couple of occasions when I have, I really notice now how heavily salted they are. Salt is cheap and the manufacturers often use that as an inexpensive filler ingredient too.
So this new taco spice blend recipe option is what’s working for me during this season of life and has the flexibility I’m currently in need of. I can use it to sprinkle on foods here and there as needed in smaller amounts – OR – I can still use this as a replacement for a packet by using a couple tablespoons of the mixture.
It was just the change I needed!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 6 tsp Chili Powder
- 3 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Garlic Salt
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
- Combine all ingredients and store in a shaker jar or other small jar with a cover.
- Sprinkle on foods as needed, or use 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons to replace a packet of store bought taco seasoning.
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