Homemade Taco Seasoning

Raise your hand if you buy those packets of premade taco seasoning mix.  OK, you can put your hand down now; and you won’t ever have to raise it again as long as you swear to make your own taco seasoning mix from now on.

There’s really nothing to it, and you can save yourself a little cash by making your own.  You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand in your kitchen.  All you have to do is measure a few spices, whisk them together and voilá—you’ll have your own taco seasoning ready to use whenever you need it.

The beauty of making your own taco seasoning is that you can adjust the spices to your own preference.  Too hot?  Tone down the pepper.  Not hot enough?  Add a little more cayenne.

Throw it in a pound of hamburger, and you’re good to go.  Supper’s almost ready!

One year ago:  Hot Cross Buns

Two years ago:  Apple Butter Vinaigrette

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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  • 1 tbl. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (I use 1/8 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper (I use 1/2 tsp.)


In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.  Store in an airtight container.

Fran’s Notes

I use the entire recipe with one pound of hamburger.  If you want to scale up, the recipe is easily doubled or made up to whatever quantity you like.  If you do make a large batch, use approximately 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture to each pound of hamburger.  Taste once cooked and adjust according to your family’s preference.

Source:   Adapted from an allrecipes.com recipe

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