Taco Tuesday is a regular thing in our house. I recently calculated that I’ve made approximately 900 tacos during the pandemic. That would be a lot of taco seasoning packets but fortunately I make my own taco seasoning mix. It’s a lot cheaper and you can make it to suit your family’s taste. And it’s easy!
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Taco seasoning contains several common herbs and spices that you very likely already have. Measure, mix and pour into a container. That’s all there is to it!
Taco Seasoning Mix
- 4 tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. Creole seasoning
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. oregano
Combine all ingredients in small bowl.
Pour into glass jar. A funnel makes this easier.
3 tablespoons of this mix is equal to most taco seasoning packets.
I need to get some smaller labels!
One of the great things about making your own taco seasoning is that you can adapt it to your own tastes. We really like garlic but if you don’t, decrease the amount or leave it out altogether. Do you have little kids who don’t like spicy things? Skip the red pepper flakes. On a low sodium diet? Decrease the salt.
And this mixture is good for more than just tacos. Try some in vegetable soup or any Mexican-style casserole. Add a bit to sour cream, mayonnaise and a little salsa for a delicious dip or salad dressing. It’s so handy to have on hand!
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I’d like to start making more of my own seasoning mixes. Here are some great ideas:
That’s how I tend to do it. I have the different herbs and spices, and make up the mixes myself to my taste.
Deanna Piercy says
I keep meaning to create my own “all-purpose” seasoning mix. Instead of pulling out the same several spices I could just do one as a starting point.