There are lots of different recipe versions of this homemade taco seasoning on the internet, but this one right here has the right amount of flavor, depth and heat that I like best.
I have to say that I used lots of packet seasonings in the past just because it was easy. Taco dinner tonight? Let’s buy some convenient ready made taco seasoning, sure I will use the remaining seasoning in another recipe when there’s some left. Which hardly happened by the way. And by the time we would plan another similar dinner, that leftover seasoning would also be bone dry.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Let’s be honest, how difficult is it to measure out spices? It takes only about 5 minutes, if not less. So, I’ve tried different spice combinations for my homemade taco seasoning before, so much so that I’m confident that I have finally found a winner recipe! Even better, because it’s tremendously more flavorful than those supermarket packets. And also cheaper which is always a plus. No need to think about buying taco seasoning for your next taco dinner because you have some in your pantry already. Fresh and homemade, just the way you like! It doesn’t get more convenient than that.The greatest thing about making your own homemade taco seasoning is that you can totally control what goes into it. Heat things up with some extra chili, lower the sodium levels by adding less salt, go for a more earthy flavor by adding more ground cumin… whatever you like best! I like to use smoked paprika to my homemade taco seasoning for instance but you can also go for a milder ground paprika. Some recipes even add a little pinch of caster sugar to their spice mix (sugar is often an ingredient in store bought taco seasoning). Or crushed red pepper instead of cayenne pepper.
What to do with a large batch
What to do when you mix up large batches of this homemade taco seasoning? How to store it properly for later use? Put it in a clean and dry airtight container. Jars are perfect by the way. Store the seasoning in a dry and dark cupboard.
Another idea if you don’t know what to do with a large batch of homemade taco seasoning: fill small jars with it and hand them out as a gift! Once I’ve prepared my next batch of homemade taco seasoning I’ll be making some small gift jars for my neighbours who also love cooking Mexican food.
Love Mexican food too? Then also check out my cinco de mayo recipes!
- ⅓ cup chili powder (40 g)
- ⅓ cup paprika powder (40 g)
- 3 tbsp onion powder
- 3 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp coriander powder
- 3 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 3 tbsp salt
- Pour all the spices in a mixing bowl and stir well. Then check the seasoning and add extra spices to taste if necessary. Store the taco seasoning in a clean and dry airtight container.
Recipes Ideas To Use This Homemade Taco Seasoning In
There are so many ways to use taco seasoning. Here are some dishes you can make with homemade taco seasoning:
- Chili con carne
- Bean & meat soups like my black bean soup with pork belly
- Burger or meatball seasoning
- Rub for barbecue chicken, beef, ribs or fish
- Sprinkle it on boiled or stir fried tex mex rice, baked potatoes, etc.
- Dips like a 7 layer dip, classic guacamole or a cheesy black bean dip
- Deviled eggs
- Taco pizza
- Tortilla wraps
- Casseroles (enchiladas or baked tacos)
- Taco salads
- Veggies like corn cobs with seasoned butter