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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

homemade taco seasoning

Today in Frugal Homemade: Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning! I looked at multiple | examples of taco | seasoning | recipes | online before scratching this up. They’re all very, very similar, so I just tweaked the proportions slightly for our own family’s tastes. Here’s a basic easy homemade taco seasoning mix, which you can then play with to change up proportions or flavors as desired — mine will likely be slightly different every time, now that I have the basics down.

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2-1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp black pepper

Directions

Combine all spices. Brown your ground beef for tacos, drain, then add homemade taco seasoning and about 3/4 cup of water. Stir, bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes.

Note: You might also add in 1/4-1/2 tsp onion powder — I somehow didn’t have any in the house, so just skipped it. You can also brown the beef with a little fresh onion instead. 🙂

This is equivalent to about one packet of taco seasoning

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I used my easy homemade taco seasoning mix to flavor about 1.5 lbs of ground beef. For comparison purposes above, here is the ingredient information from a store-bought taco seasoning packet I had in the house. My family didn’t notice the difference at all (I thought it was sooo much better, and better for you!), and homemade taco seasoning took me about one minute to mix up. You could also play with the proportions for your own family’s tastes — make it spicier or less spicy, reduce the sodium, add some chipotle chili powder (ooh! next time), substitute sweet paprika, whatever you’d like.

Make it, or buy it?

If you’re as busy as I am, a major factor in whether to make something from scratch (or semi-scratch) or to buy it prepackaged is the time and effort required. I’m not going to be churning my own butter or making my own sausage anytime soon, but small steps are good: Jazzing up plain yogurt? Check. Homemade seasoned salt? Always, now — so good! Salad dressing from scratch? Yup, I do that too.

This homemade taco seasoning mix is now firmly in the easy, cheaper, and better, so just do it category. What prepackaged convenience foods or mixes do you always make from scratch?

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix printable recipe

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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Course seasoning
Servings 1 batch

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all spices.
  • Brown your ground beef for tacos, drain, then add homemade taco seasoning and about 3/4 cup of water.
  • Stir, bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes.
  • Note: You might also add in 1/4-1/2 tsp onion powder -- I somehow didn't have any in the house, so just skipped it. You can also brown the beef with a little fresh onion instead. 🙂

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Recipe Rating




Donna Parsons

Monday 17th of December 2018

Thank you, what I was looking for because I actually have a bulk bottle, not a pkg

Alaina

Thursday 29th of June 2017

I've been making my own taco seasoning for years! If you like a little thicker consistency add some corn starch to your mix. I think I add a teaspoon or two.

SoapboxTray

Monday 10th of October 2016

I finally got around to making this home made mix (which I have been wanting to try and recreate a packet type mix so thank you for doing it for me!) and it was really good! I made it with 3 lbs. of ground turkey and thought maybe it would be a little bland since I didn't double your recipe but I did use 2 onions diced in there as well and super awesome!

PS. I got my smoked paprika at Super Target.

rachel

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Michelle foster

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I like doing this and also making homemade pancake mix. I had lost my link for the recipe, so I'll try yours next time.

Catherine

Sunday 24th of April 2016

I have made similar taco seasoning recipes, but they have made more than one batch. It is convenient if you have an empty spice bottle to put it in, because then you won't have to make it as often. I think I will try your recipe because the smoked paprika sounds good in it (and I happen to have it on hand). If I like it, I will increase the amounts to make several batches at once to store. Looks like this recipe would make about 2 1/2 Tbsp per batch. Thanks!

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