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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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I’ve seen recipes like this floating around the blog world, most recently on Brown Eyed Baker, but there was a glaring problem with them.  They had no salt!  Tell me you’d eat taco meat that had no salt in it.  So I made my own mix that included salt and it came out perfect–almost exactly like the packaged mix but with no scary ingredients.  I used the meat from my first batch to make that wonderful white trash taco salad stuff with Doritos & a whole bottle of French dressing in it, but the meat can obviously be used in tacos, nachos, or whatever else your creative little mind desires.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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¼ cup chili powder
¼ cup paprika
3 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl.

Over medium heat, brown 1 lb ground beef and drain. Stir in 2 ½ tablespoons taco mix & ½ cup water. Continue cooking over medium heat until the sauce thickens and coats the meat and there is not much liquid left. Store remaining seasoning mix in an airtight container at room temperature.


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

21 responses »

  1. Tacos=yum! For some reason I always think little piles of spices look so pretty! Sometime you should try grinding up your own dried peppers. Before moving to Texas I had never even heard of guajillo or pasilla chiles but now I am addicted!


  2. cool!!! i think i will make some and put it in a nice jar! i never have that package from the store when i need it!!!!


  3. Excellent, I printed this off. I’ll be making it soon :)


  4. A terrific homemade seasoning mix!


  5. Good deal! So now when i need some, and don’t have it on hand… :)


  6. This is great. I can’t buy the crap at the store, it has msg in it and gives me a horrible headache. I can use this in all kinds of things!


  7. Ooh. I love it. I can’t wait to try it. Who wants store bought seasoning when you can make it?!


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  9. Sounds wonderful! I was looking at the back of one of those taco seasoning packages and the stuff in them… So I went online in search of a recipe to make my own seasoning mix. Yours sounds good, but does “T” stand for tbsp or tsp? I have never encountered a recipe that uses “T”. Sorry! I feel a bit silly asking.


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  17. Most of the Mexican dishes look gross…


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