Homemade taco seasoning - easier than you think!

>> Thursday, October 7, 2010

When you make tacos, do you buy the little packets to taco seasoning at the grocery store?  That's certainly what I did up until a few months ago.  Buying the little packets of taco seasoning would always drive me bonkers.  I would spend way too much time reading ingredients trying to find the packet with the least offensive ingredient list.  Partially hydrogenated soybean oil, BHT, malic acid, monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin (the first ingredient in Old El Paso brand taco seasoning!) - what are these ingredients doing in powdered taco seasoning?!?

The obvious solution?  Make my own!  Now I have a little container full of homemade taco seasoning that sits at the ready.  It's a simple mix of seasonings with just enough salt to suit our taste buds and a little cornstarch to help thicken the juices a bit.  I might try adding just a little cocoa powder next time to give it an unexpected twist and a little depth.

This is great on any kind of taco, but we've found that our favorite way to use it is on chicken tacos.  I finely dice cooked chicken breast (maybe a pound), and then add a tablespoon or two of taco seasoning and about 1/3 a cup of water.  Bring to a boil, and you've got fantastic taco meat!

The next time you think of making tacos, don't reach for that packet of taco seasoning.  Make your own!  It will taste better, and you'll know exactly what is in it.


Homemade Taco Seasoning

4 TBSP chili powder
3 TBSP paprika
3 TBSP ground cumin
2 TBSP onion powder
1/2 TBSP garlic powder
2 tsp salt
2 TBSP cornstarch

Mix well and store in an airtight container.  To use, add 1-2 TBSP along with 1/3-1/2 cup water in place of store bought taco seasoning.

And if you just can't bring yourself to make your own taco seasoning, consider using McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix, which has a very simple and straight forward ingredient list.

11 comments:

Renee Wilson October 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

I have the same thoughts when I use the packages of taco seasoning...what is in this?? Thanks for posting a healthier alternative!

Cindy Rowland October 7, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Genius! I have an old bottle of Taco Seasoning from Penzey's, but I have no idea what's in it. Will be making this.

JEN October 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

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Katie October 8, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

Thanks for the recipe. Great idea! You can also order delicious taco seasoning from Savory Spice Shop, a fabulous spice store that originated in Denver. http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/

Lindsey October 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Thank you so much for this recipe. I have all those ingredients in my house already! I am going to try it on some spicy beef burritos to see how it goes.

On a side note, I went to grab some frozen strawberries. Only Dole listed the ingredients as strawberries. Every other one at my store had strawberries plus some other weird ingredients. How weird is that?

organic tables October 10, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

I really think that homemade is always the best. At least, you know what the ingredients that you are going to use.

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Sagan October 11, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

Hells yes! I love making my own taco seasoning. The right combination of spices can absolutely make the meal.

Jim June 29, 2011 at 6:24 AM  

This is amazing, that it seems like you dialed into my personal likes in food, and providing me with all the recipes for them. GREAT!

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i prefer the traditional mexican recipe instead, this one looks like taco bell fast food.

Loraine September 20, 2012 at 6:19 AM  

Really useful information, thanks so much for the article.

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