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If you have ever wondered How to Make Taco Seasoning this post is for you. It is so simple and you control the ingredients that go in it. I love making spice mixes from scratch. This works great on chicken, beef, pork or any Mexican dish you are creating. 

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning in a mason jar

HOW TO MAKE TACO SEASONING

In my house we love taco Tuesday and any and all Mexican inspired dishes. Whether it is enchiladas, taco, nachos, tortilla soup or quesadillas we have them on repeat weekly. One of the most useful spice mixes that I make is this homemade taco seasoning mix. If you have wondered How to Make Taco Seasoning, then this post is for you! 

The thing I love most when I make my own seasoning is that I control the ingredients that are in it. There are no extra additives to keep it fresh or any of that. I also can make it a bit spicier if I want or add more chili powder or cumin as I see fit. It really is a taste and adjust kind of mix! 

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning with spoon

WHAT IS IN A TACO SEASONING?

The spices that are used in this are probably already in your pantry. These are the spices that I use:

  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • minced onion or onion powder
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper {optional for heat}

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning with yellow spoon

HOW TO MAKE TACO SEASONING MIX FROM SCRATCH?

When it comes to making a homemade taco seasoning mix it is so simple. You will measure out your spices and mix them together. I like to double or triple the batch so I have it in my pantry when I need it. I usually will store it in a large mason jar with a label on the top so I know what it is. 

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning in jar

WHAT CAN I USE THIS SPICE MIX FOR?

There are a lot of uses for a homemade taco seasoning.

Here are some of my favorite things to add it to:

Mexican Zucchini Noodles : season this meal using the spice mix

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole: the spices used in this one pot meal are similar to the spice mix you are making today. I suggest removing the spices and just use 1 or 2 Tablespoons of this in place of the spices. 

Mexican Pizza: when you cook the ground beef add 2 Tablespoons of the taco seasoning. 

Easy Mexican Noodle Casserole: use 2 Tablespoons in this dish. 

Mexican Chicken Salad: this salad is healthy, full of flavor and would benefit from a sprinkling of this spice mix. 

Mexican Avocado Toast: Who doesn’t love avocado toast? I know I do. Sprinkle this mix on this Street Corn Avocado Toast. 

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How to Make Taco Seasoning

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet paprika {you can use smoky for a smoky flavor}
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch {this helps thicken the spices with the meat and hold spices together but is optional}
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional for heat}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix everything everything in a small mixing bowl and stir until mixed well. Use immediately, or store in an air-tight container like a mason jar, away from heat and in a dark area, until ready to use.

Notes

2 Tablespoons of this taco mix is equal to a packet of the taco mix you buy at the store. If you want a thick sauce add 1/4 cup water to 2 Tablespoons of the mix with ground beef for example, and let cook until the water is cooked off.

In my opinion I would maybe start with 1 Tablespoon of the taco seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef and see how you like that and then add another 1 Tablespoon if you feel it is necessary.

If you are trying to watch your salt intake you can leave it out or use 1/4 or 1/2 of a teaspoon. The mix is still great without the salt.

For additional heat add crushed red pepper.

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