Homemade Taco Seasoning: A Flavor Bonanza

This quick mix is right up my alley. Why buy more things at the grocery store when you already have these ingredients at home? And some of the ingredients may be growing in your garden* too. That means you can have an even bigger, badder, bonanza of flavor. Oooh yeah!

I found this recipe on this blog, Life Currents, who first found it at this blog, Cassie Craves, who adapted it from this blog, Nothing But Crumbs. Whew! Well, it traveled high and low but it made it here to our home and now it’s a staple in some of the Mexican dishes I love to cook. I changed it a bit by adding salt and ancho powder. Mainly because we don’t eat ground beef and usually cook ground turkey for our tacos… which needs a little extra help in the flavor department. But this was made for all types of meat and is sure to please.

Taco Seasoning

6 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 tablespoon ancho powder

Optional: 1 tablespoon paprika (for color)

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well, or to a mason jar and shake well.

This will give you about 3/4 cup of mix. My favorite way to store homemade seasoning mixes? In a mason jar with a recycled Parmesan cheese lid, of course!

Use 3 tablespoons and 2/3 cup of water for each pound of precooked meat.

Continue cooking the meat until all the water is cooked out. Actually, it’s just like the instructions on the packaged stuff in the grocery store. You just cut out the packaging! (And any other additives that happens to be in it.)

This should be outlawed.

*Tip: Dehydrators dry more than just banana slices. And coffee grinders grind more than just coffee. Dehydrate all your garden goodies and keep a second grinder on hand for things like: peppers, onions and garlic. Now count the savings and taste the flavor!

Tip: This seasoning is also fab for fajitas. I also plan to try a variation to season enchilada sauce too. So go ahead, try it with what you like.