Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets. #tacoseasoning #tacos #spices #spicemix

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is much easier than you think. Combine these common pantry spices into one amazing taco mix and you’ll never need a store packet again.

Back to Basics

For years I roamed the ‘Mexican’ aisle of my local grocery store in search of little yellow spice packets. Family taco nights always occurred on busy weeknights when speed and convenience reigned. It never even dawned on me that I could make my own mixture, which is THE definition of convenience food.

Making your own taco seasoning mix is so freaking easy and it takes MINUTES. You’ll probably spend more time looking for the spices in your pantry! This recipe contains regular spices that most people already own. Feel free to substitute some of your own flavours or to decrease the amount of spicy components in this mix. The mixture makes enough to season two pounds of ground beef for your next taco night.

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets. #tacoseasoning #tacos #spices #spicemix

What is taco seasoning made of?

There’s no great way to say it but in addition to the regular spices, store bought taco seasoning contains some extra ingredients. Maltodextrin is essentially a hydrolized starch which acts to thicken foods, increase shelf life, improves flavour, and provides easy to digest carbs. It must be noted that maltodextrin may not be entirely gluten free. It is considered safe for average consumption.

Other ingredients include partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, and ethoxyquin. While the soybean oil is there primarily for flavour and texture, the shelf life of taco seasoning packets is made possible by the latter two. Silicon Dioxide acts as an anti-caking agent which keeps the components of the mixture from sticking together in the package. Ethoxyquin, is a preservative that allows the spice packets to sit on the shelf for months, even years.

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets. #tacoseasoning #tacos #spices #spicemix

Chile vs. Chili

We found out the hard way that American style chili powder is MUCH different than chile powder. This wasn’t something I had thought much about until one fateful day in Australia. One Saturday for lunch, I was making the kids their favourite refried bean and cheese quesadillas. I added my usual amount of chili powder, not realizing that I had bought chile powder and that there was a difference. We all had tears in our eyes from the heat.

Australians (and most of the world) use straight ground chile powder. American style chili powder is a mixture of various spices so it gives off much less heat. I begged my in-laws to bring some American style chili powder when they came for a visit. Thankfully they didn’t have an issue at customs and we were eating our regular quesadillas in no time!

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets. #tacoseasoning #tacos #spices #spicemix

Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets. #tacoseasoning #tacos #spices #spicemix

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Whipping up a batch of homemade taco seasoning is easier than you think and once you've made it you'll never go back to the store packets.
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Serves:6
  • Freezable:No

Nutrition per portion

    Ingredients
    • 1 tbsp ground chili powder
    • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tbsp cumin
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp oregano (Mexican if you can find it!)
    • 1 tsp chili flakes (omit or decrease according to preference)
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne (omit or decrease according to preference)
    Method
    1. Mix all spices together in a small bowl. Use in your favourite taco inspired recipe.
    *always use the freshest spices you can, it really makes a difference in the flavour of your spice mix and final dish.

     

    9 comments

    1. Rachel

      I love this homemade spice mix! So much cheaper than those packets and the store and you know exactly what is in it! Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Bernice Hill

        Hi Rachel, thanks so much for stopping by…100% agree, homemade is BETTER!

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    2. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking

      Love making my own homemade seasonings, and we eat a lot of taco seasoning in our house! I’ll have to give this one a try some time soon!

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      1. Bernice Hill

        lol, we do too…we’re tacoing all the time (not just Tuesdays!) Thanks for stopping by Leanne.

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    3. Elizabeth Jensen

      Hi Bernice,

      I just saw your Dish’n’theKitchen in my Reader and wanted to say hi, it’s been awhile! I have a home-made taco meat seasoning too. It’s more of part of the cooking process, and consists of dumping large unmeasurable quantities of paprika and chile powder (usually American-style) into the meat while it’s frying. I love the direction you’ve been going in, so professional!

      XOXO, Elizabeth

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      1. Bernice Hill

        wow, it sure has been a while. Great to hear from you again. I’m trying to amp things up a bit, especially this past year with self hosting, SEO, etc. I’m a dumper too, but not everyone is able to cook like that, good thing there’s always recipes!

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    4. Chef and Steward

      I love the idea of making homemade spice blends. I make and sell spices myself and yours looks really great and you really get to control the quality of the spices.

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      1. Bernice Hill

        I had a friend that inspired me to make the spice mixes…she also used to sell spice mixes. Sure wish I could get my hands on a nice spice grinder!

        Reply

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