Homemade Taco Seasoning is easier to make than you might think. It can be budget friendly to make your own seasoning blends. This homemade Easy Taco Seasoning recipe will replace the packet from the store with the preservatives in it.
Originally published 8/6/17
Easy Taco Seasoning
Have you ever been in the middle of making a recipe that calls for taco seasoning, and you realize that you don’t have one of those little packets? Me too.
So what I used to do was just toss some spices into the pot and hoped it would come out okay. It usually did, but it would have been easier and faster to have a taco seasoning blend already on hand.
Easy Taco Seasoning only takes a few minutes to mix up, so it’s very doable to make it at the last minute.
This Easy Taco Seasoning recipe makes about a half a cup, so you will have plenty on hand. You’ll get about 3 ‘packets worth’ from this recipe (2 Tbsp equals 1 packet). I like to make a double batch as I use taco seasoning a lot.
I like to store this in a glass mason jar so it stays fresher longer. But really I use it so often it doesn’t have time to go bad!
I was asked why I put corn starch in this seasoning blend. The answer is corn starch helps to keep it from clumping, is a thickening agent, and also serves as a dispersant of the finer spices so as to achieve better, more uniform coverage.
You can omit it or try using potato starch or another fine starch, such as arrowroot.
Here are some of my recipes that use Easy Taco Seasoning
You can use this taco spice blend with any meat that you want that taco taste on. You can also use it to make a creamy taco flavored salad dressing, or in a meatloaf or even hamburger!
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Easy Taco Seasoning uses spices you already have. Tastes like the packet and no preservatives!
- 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 3 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Salt (more or less to taste)
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Corn Starch
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Transfer to an air-tight container. I like to use mason jars.
This Easy Taco Seasoning recipe is fairly low sodium. If you want a little more salt, add 1 tsp to the recipe.
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