Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Growing up, taco night was a big deal in our house. Getting to make your own taco was a fun thing for kid – interactive dinner.  My mom would get one of the taco kits from the grocery store and we’d whip up the beef, set up all the toppings and everyone would dig in, passing around bowls of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, etc.

Big Daddy and I wanted to come up with a way to enjoy those tacos, but in a healthier way – those corn shells aren’t too fabulous for ya. So we came up with our Taco Salad (recipe following shortly) – and said “bah-bye” to those shells. This is now a staple at our house. It’s always part of my regular dinner rotation.

The key to a good taco or taco salad is making sure you’ve got perfectly seasoned taco meat. As I started to look at the labels for the prepackaged taco seasoning mixes, there were several things that concerned me:

From an actual taco seasoning mix packet -“Ingredients: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites).”

I mean, a seasoning mix should really just be herbs and spices right? Not Maltodextrin or Modified Corn Starch and god only knows what else. What the heck is Autolyzed Yeast Extract? And why do you need to add sugar into this?? I realized that all I needed to do was just get a few herbs and spices (most of which I already had on hand) and I could have much tastier and healthier taco meat. So I tried a few recipes that I found online and this recipe is the result. It’s so simple to make your own seasonings, and you won’t have to worry about any nasty additives or preservatives.

20130714-210312.jpgAll you need is:

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Measure out the spices and combine in a small container and this will be just enough to season 1 pound of meat. Usually I will make a huge batch of my seasoning mixes to save time and to ensure that I always have some on hand. I just store it in a nice little glass jar with the rest of my herbs.

To use, just brown your meat (assumes you’re using beef), add the seasoning mix and about a 1/4 -1/3 cup of water mix and let simmer.


Do you make your own seasoning mixes? What are your favorites?

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  1. Kristin,
    I want to thank you and your family for visiting the campground. I think your idea about having a baby gate for the deluxe cabins is brilliant and we will look into possibly outfitting having some available for campers use in the future. Thanks for taking the time to write about your adventure on your blog.

    Best regards,

    PS. For some strange reason most kids seen to enjoy the roasting part of marshmallows over eating them. It must be an acquired taste.

  2. Love it, pinning to my healthy eating board. Followed you from the Natural Living Link Up.

    Love for you to come by Tuesdays With a Twist Link Up and share this post, runs through Saturday.


  3. So glad I found this! I love taco night but I hate the packaged seasonings. I have been looking for a homemade taco seasoning mix for a while and this one looks perfect!


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