Homemade taco seasoning is a great, edible gift for the people in your life who can’t eat any more cookies! But seriously, for years I’ve eschewed pre-mixed seasoning blends in favor of individual spices and combinations to suit my delicate whims.
Put a kid into that sitch, though, and those lofty goals go straight down the crapper.
More and more often, I’ve found myself struggling to get something on the table in 15 minutes or less. Never mind “30 minutes meals” — even that takes too long some nights! So I made up this handy “taco” seasoning mix. But it’s more than for just tacos; it’s an all-purpose Tex-Mex seasoning blend that you can use with ground beef or turkey (add some sauteed onion, peppers and garlic) to make tacos; use it on chicken before grilling; add a little to some bland beans.
I find that 3-4 teaspoons of this is a good start for 1 pound of ground beef. I prefer to make the seasoning blend without salt so that I can adjust the salt on its own, but for a one-step seasoning, add the salt to the mix and 3-4 teaspoons/pound should be about perfectly salted, too.Print
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 7/8 cup
- 6 tablespoons ancho* chile powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon crushed dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or sweet paprika
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy chili powder
- Optional: 3 tablespoons salt
- Shake everything together
- Store in an airtight jar (I use a tiny jelly jar).
If you can’t find ancho powder, use ground New Mexican chile powder (be sure there’s no added salt or seasoning)
Made with salt, the mixture has about 1/5 teaspoon salt in each teaspoon of seasoning
- Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
- Calories: 6