Homemade Taco Seasoning

Since our family eats a lot of Mexican foods, I like to keep on hand taco seasoning. While the cost of individual packages of taco seasoning and fajita seasonings are relatively inexpensive, it’s what is hidden on the inside that has me concerned. Last year, I shared my Homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe and today I’m sharing my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe.

Homemade Taco Seasoning - Throw out those store-bought envelopes full of sodium, MSG, and who knows what for this homemade version.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I recently heard about another teenage boy with high blood pressure. The first, I've known about for several years and thought it was a random case, until now. When I searched the internet for the subject, I was alarmed at finding that even babies have been diagnosed with  high blood pressure. Knowing this, should cause concern in the kitchens across this nation. We have sacrificed the health of our families for convenience. Convenience is so not worth the sacrifice!

Just has my fajita seasoning, this taco seasoning can be completely salt-free if need be for your family. While I don’t leave the salt out of my seasoning, I do not add any to the meat while cooking. Once finished, I will taste test it and most of the time, it doesn’t need any more salt.

Since I keep taco seasoning on hand, I use it on other things, not just taco meat. I sprinkle it on meat before grilling; the little kick it gives helps with the flavor. When making taco meat, after the meat is browned and drained, I use 3 tablespoons of seasoning with ½ cup of water and simmer for about 5 minutes.

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The following recipe makes about ½ of a cup of seasoning, but I’ve included a smaller measurement of ingredients in the brackets in case you feel the need to give it a try before making a larger batch.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup chili powder {1 Tablespoon}

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder {¼ teaspoon}

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder {¼ teaspoon}

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes {¼ teaspoon}

  • 2 Tablespoon cumin {1 ½ teaspoon}

  • 2 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon}

  • 1 Tablespoon salt {1 teaspoon}

  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper {1 teaspoon}

Directions:

Mix the ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.

To use: add about 3 tablespoons to a pound of meat with about ½ cup of water. Mix and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Homemade Taco Seasoning - Throw out those store-bought envelopes full of sodium, MSG, and who knows what for this homemade version.

Let me know if you give it a try! I'd love to hear what you think.