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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Never worry again about having a packet of taco mix on hand! This simple homemade taco seasoning uses basic pantry staple spices to make your own mix. Easy to customize to suit your salt and spice tastes.

Using the spices you already have in your cupboard to make seasoning mixes you usually buy in little packets is far more cost effective and a good way to rotate your spice stock.

Spices are meant to be used fairly quickly because once you open the container they will start to lose their flavor. In general, it is better to buy smaller containers of spices and rotate them regularly than to buy the giant ones.

Spice mixes like adobo seasoning, fajita seasoning, cajun seasoning, and chili seasoning are really simple to make and they all use mostly the same spices! So stop buying those single use packets and start making up a jar of your own mix!

small piles of different spices on a plate
spices shown: garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder

Ingredients

This mix uses basic household spices that you most likely have in your cupboard already. Many of the taco mixes you can buy in the grocery store contain cornstarch. Whether you want to add a tablespoon of cornstarch to your mix is up to you.

If you want it less spicy, decrease the amount of chili powder.

How to use this

You can use this mix for shrimp, chicken, or beef. Use about 2-3 Tablespoons per 1 pound of meat.

To use the taco seasoning:

  • Brown the ground beef over medium high heat, cooking until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add 2-3 Tablespoons taco seasoning to the meat and 1/4 cup water.
  • Simmer over low heat until the water evaporates and the mixture has thickened.
  • Serve with corn or flour tortillas and whatever toppings you desired.

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Top Tips For Cooking With Kids

Making spice blends is a fun way to open the door for kids who are afraid of spice. They can interact with each of the spices by smelling, pouring, and mixing.

  • Ask them what the spices smell like? Do some have stronger smells than others?
  • Tell them what other dishes you use these spices in, especially if you use them in any of their favorites.
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Recipe

spices spilled out of a jar that is tipped over on its side on a cutting board

Homemade taco seasoning mix

Run out of taco seasoning packets? Don't worry it's easy to make your own with simple household pantry staples!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 packets
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients into a mason jar and shake to mix.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Makes approx. 13 Tbsp or about 4 store bought packages. Approximately 3 Tbsp of mix equals one store bought package. I usually use 3 heaping Tbsp per 1lb of meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2464mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3078IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
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