Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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  • This homemade taco seasoning recipe is a pantry must have! Easy to make and store, this spice mix will add flavor to your Mexican meals. Use with steak, ground beef, chicken or even fish to add an authentic Mexican taste to your tacos.

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    Homemade spice mixes like my Allspice Mix and this taco seasoning are must haves in my kitchen. I always have a stash as they are so easy to just pull out and add a hit of flavor to weekday meals. Transform your taco Tuesday with this easy and flavorful Mexican seasoning.

    As always, I am a fan of shortcuts when they don’t sacrifice quality or flavor. A packet of taco seasoning can be an easy way to get a Mexican-inspired dinner on the table, but I love keeping this homemade seasoning blend in our spice cabinet. Once you know how easy it is to blend your own easy seasoning mix, you’ll never go back! 

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    To Make This Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe You Will Need:

    This spicy seasoning is made with a handful of readily available dried spices:

    • Chili powder
    • Garlic and onion powder
    • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • Oregano
    • Paprika
    • Cumin
    • Salt and pepper 

    How to Make Your Own Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

    It takes a literal minute to make your own Mexican seasoning recipe!

    1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
    2. Store and use in your favorite meals to add flavor.

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    Recipe Variations

    This mix is so full of flavor and pretty perfect as it is! If you don’t like things too spicy, you can reduce the amount of chili powder.

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    How Do You Use This Mexican Seasoning Recipe?

    This taco seasoning has so many uses, it’s probably one of the most used spices in my pantry, and it’s not just for tacos! It is, of course, great to stir a couple of tablespoons into ground beef as you are cooking for a really flavorsome taco filling and you can also us it as a dry rub on steak, chicken or fish before grilling. Mix it with a little oil if you prefer to marinate the meat first.

    This spice mix is also great to add to a host of other dishes, like chili, bolognese and even add a little to your tomato soup for a hit of heat!

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    Homemade Taco Seasoning vs Store Bought

    By making your own Mexican seasoning, you can easily control the amount of spice in it plus it also has a longer shelf life and it is far more economical. I find the store bought taco seasonings so wasteful, instead I can whip up a huge batch in a matter of minutes and reach for it whenever I want to add more flavor to a meal.

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    Homemade Seasonings Are Healthier Than Store Bought

    So many of the store bought Mexican seasoning recipes contain ingredients and preservatives to extend the shelf life of the product as well as sugar. This homemade mix contains no added sugar, oil or stabilizers. Everything that goes into this mix is natural and honestly, the flavor of this easy seasoning recipe is so much better!

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    How Long Does A Homemade Spice Mix Last?

    This spice mix, if stored properly, can last for up to 2 months; store it in an airtight container in a cool and dark place and away from moisture. Make sure that the spices you use aren’t stale, check this by rubbing a little between your thumb and finger, if no aroma is released, it’s time to replace your spice.

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    Top Tips To Make This Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

    • Check that your spices aren’t stale before making the mix.
    • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place.
    • If you like things spicier, or milder, increase or decrease the amount of chili powder.
    • Mix with a little oil to make a marinade, use it as a dry rub or simply stir it into your meal while cooking.

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    Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

    Ditch the store bought seasonings and make your own to add flavor to dishes.

    Course Seasoning
    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword easy seasoning recipe, homemade taco seasoning, taco seasoning recipe
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Total Time 1 minute
    Servings 20
    Calories 9 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper

    Instructions

    1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

    2. Store in an airtight container in a cool and dark cupboard.

    Recipe Notes

    • Check that your spices aren't stale before making the mix.
    • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place.
    • If you like things spicier, or milder, increase or decrease the amount of chili powder.
    • Mix with a little oil to make a marinade, use it as a dry rub or simply stir it into your meal while cooking.
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 9 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Saturated Fat 1g5%
    Sodium 378mg16%
    Potassium 54mg2%
    Carbohydrates 2g1%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 610IU12%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 14mg1%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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