I spent years buying the prepackaged taco seasoning mixes they sell in stores. We love tacos and eat them frequently. When my oldest daughter was old enough to eat them with us, we were certain she would love them too. She did. Unfortunately (well we thought so at the time…) she had an allergic reaction to something in the seasoning mix. Not ready to give up on tacos completely, I decided to make a homemade seasoning blend. It turns out she is not allergic to any of the spices commonly used in tacos but rather, one of the chemical additives in the prepackaged mix. What a relief! Taco night lives on!
This homemade taco seasoning is a thousand times better than any store bought mix I have ever had. It is packed with flavor and best of all, no gross additives! You can adjust the spices to suit your taste. So, if your not big on cumin, feel free to use a little less or if you like a lot of heat, you can certainly add more. The best part of tacos is how customizable they are anyways right?! Now, you can take the customization up a notch and make your tacos better tasting and better for you!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Yields About 4 Tablespoons
Adapted from Kittencal’s Kitchen
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Cumin
3/4 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
3/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Combine all ingredients and store in a sealed container.
To make tacos, add 1-1 1/2 Tablespoons seasoning mix to cooked ground meat along with a couple tablespoons water (or desired amount to make the consistency you prefer) and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat. To make chicken (or fish, steak, etc.) tacos, sprinkle desired seasoning onto uncut chicken breast and grill or cook in a skillet until chicken is cooked through. Cut chicken into slices or chunks. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!