Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and is quite versatile. It can be used with chicken or shrimp or even to flavor hamburger patties. It's tasty sprinkled on top of popcorn, too.
Making your own Taco Seasoning gives you the freedom to control the salt and other seasonings. I prefer the flavors of this homemade recipe as opposed to buying a seasoning packet. I have been able to find the blend that is right for our tastes and my cooking style.
Taco seasoning packets are convenient but they contain filler and preservatives. Making your own seasoning is easy and takes just a few minutes. You will most likely have the spices in your pantry. You can mix a large batch and store it in a sealed container for use later. If you prefer, you can mix it up as needed, too.
My family really enjoys this spice mix, I think you will like it as well; however, everyone has a different palate. Feel free to experiment with the spices shown in the ingredients section below.
If you are looking for a little more bite, try some more chili powder. If you want a little more earthy flavor, try some more cumin. Or a little sharper taste, try adding more paprika.
Just a word of caution and a suggestion; if you are going to experiment, make small changes and only adjust one spice at a time. Small changes in some spices have significant impacts in the overall taste. Spices interact with each other, so if you adjust multiple spices at the same time, it may be hard to tell which change you liked and/or didn’t like.
I hope you enjoy this taco seasoning recipe, or use it as a starting point to experiment and find a recipe of your own.
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix all of the ingredients and store in an air tight container.