There’s something about store bought taco seasoning that is just GOOD! Probably MSG if I’m honest. But making it homemade is easy and you can control the flavors that you like best. You can make it hot or mild. More cumin or less. More garlic. Less salt. Whatever you want! I like some smokiness, so I usually add chipotle powder (if you like more spice) or smoked paprika. You could easily leave these out or use regular paprika instead. This is a basic recipe so feel free to modify to your tastes.
To season, you’ll use 1 to 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix per pound of meat, depending on how much flavor you want.
The preparation? Easy! Just dump it all in a bowl. Mix well and add to a shaker jar.
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The Recipe: Taco Seasoning
- 2 tbsp chile powder
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
- ½ tsp chipotle powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk.
Note: Adjust amounts of seasoning to suit your tastes.