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An easy homemade taco seasoning blend, ready to use in anything you can dream up! Make a batch and keep it on hand for Taco Tuesday!
I stopped buying store-bought taco seasoning forever ago. It’s just so easy to make my own and keep it on hand and tastes better than the taco seasoning packet versions.
My Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe has no fillers like potato starch and uses quality ingredients. That means your finished dish will be of higher quality too! Win/Win, right? It’s also gluten-free – provided you use certified gluten-free ingredients (check the label if this is a concern for you!)
A NOTE ABOUT CHILI POWDER: This uses prepared chili powder, NOT pur ground chilies
WAYS TO USE TACO SEASONING
WHAT IS IN TACO SEASONING?
- CHILI POWDER – I mention this above, but I need to say it again. DO NOT use pure ground chilis in this. Use a prepared chili powder!
- GARLIC POWDER
- ONION POWDER
- SMOKED PAPRIKA
- SALT AND PEPPER
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING:
Full, printable recipe below – just scroll down to the recipe card!
Using a mortar and pestle, or a small bowl – combine all ingredients.
Store in an airtight jar in the pantry, and use within a few months.
HOW TO USE TACO SEASONING MIX
TO MAKE TACO MEAT
- 1 pound meat (I use lean ground beef)
- 1-2 Tbs Taco Seasoning
- 3/4 cup water
- Brown the meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
- Stir in seasoning mix and water.
- Bring to boil and reduce heat.
- Let it simmer while you prepare the toppings and taco shells.
Make a big batch! If you use this kind of seasoning often, keep a jar of it handy!
Depending on how spicy you like things, you could add crushed red pepper flakes, or some cayenne pepper to up the heat.
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Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container until needed.
Brown the beef, sprinkle the seasoning in and add the water. Let it simmer while you prepare the toppings and taco shells.
Update: This was originally posted in January of 2011, and has been updated to improve reader experience with new photos!