Seriously. I just googled "homemade taco seasoning" – without the quotes -- and received about 1,170,000 results in 0.64 seconds (thank-you-very-much).
So this post is not so much about the recipe (though one does follow). It's more about the reminder. Why do many of us go out and buy a packet of taco seasoning, when we can make it ourselves? Wasting that dollar, when we all know those dollars add up. I know I'm guilty of it. If you're like me, you probably already have the spices needed to make taco seasoning sitting in your pantry. If not, the one you might be missing is worth the small investment even if you only cook at home a few times a week – the ingredients are not uncommon or rare. And you can control the heat. And the salt.
And the smoke.
Yep. I typed smoke. You see, the only paprika (a needed ingredient for taco seasoning) I had in the pantry was smoked paprika. But I went with it! And it was good! So don't be scared if that's all ya got. It works, too.
Homemade Taco Seasoning (Smoky or Not)
The following makes about the same amount as in one of the store-bought packets. I only needed a tablespoon, so cut it in half, and still had a bit extra. Credit to Food Renegade for the recipe.
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika (smoky or not!)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper (optional; I just gave the grinder a couple of turns)
Mix it all together and store in an airtight container. If you'd like to make a bigger batch, visit the link above for a quintupled recipe.
Stay tuned for a recipe using this homemade taco seasoning!
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From my smoky mountaintop to yours!