Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make. I particularly like the ability to control the amount of sodium, which those store-bought packets tend to be high in. By making your own, you can also adjust the spices to your family’s taste preferences. We love cumin, for instance, so I tend to add even more than this recipe calls for. If we’re entertaining adults for dinner, I bump up the chili powder and sometimes even add cayenne.
As with my other homemade mixes — like my homemade Mrs. Dash, Seasoned Salt and Old Bay — I usually double the recipe so I have plenty on hand. This keeps nicely in an air-tight container in the pantry so you can always have some on hand.
It also makes a great hostess gift! Whip up a batch of this, and maybe a few other homemade mixes, then put them in cute little spice jars, label, and nestle them in a basket.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- ⅓ cup corn flour (masa)
- ⅓ cup chili powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. seasoned salt
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1½ tbsp. dried minced onion
- 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
- Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Store in a cool, dry place.
- To make taco meat, add 1 cup water and ¼ cup mix per pound of ground beef and simmer until most of the liquid is cooked away.
We love this with regular beef tacos, but it’s equally delicious using ground turkey or even shrimp. (Mmm… shrimp tacos!) Just be sure to simmer it according to the instructions so the flavor works its way into the meat.
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