DIY: Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning

Have you ever looked at the back of the a packet of taco seasoning? I am guilty of buying MANY MANY of them in the past (trust me!) and I never gave a moment’s thought to what was in them. In my attempts to eat ‘cleaner’, I have been reevaluating convenience foods and I’ve come to the realization that with not too much extra effort, you can make many items for yourself.  The two things that have been rolling around in my head recently are salad dressing and spice mixes. I wanted to make taco salads tonight for a quick family dinner, but when I hit the seasoning packet section at the store I had one of those “oh no” moments. I decided that it couldn’t be too hard to make taco seasoning for yourself (and I was right! Love it when that happens!) This recipe is SO easy – just a minute or two of measuring and you won’t get any of this junk:

Wheat flour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Maltodextrin, Chili Peppers, Spice, Dried Onions, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Paprika, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide as an anticaking agent, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid

Riiiiiiiiiiiight. I knew you’d be with me!! So raid your spice cabinet and get ready to enjoy some healthier tacos!! This is not inferno hot, but if you’re not a huge fan of heat, cut the cayenne in half! If you love the heat, add a little more!

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5 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning

  1. Pingback: Zesty Chipotle Sauce | Adventures of a Messy Chef

  2. Cathi

    Thank you for this! I bought a packet of taco seasoning and then when I went to cook, it was nary to be found. Not wanting to run back to the store, I decided to see what I could find online. I liked the sound of yours best from the ones I found.

    I used just a pinch of salt and added lime juice to the water, which makes it taste saltier without the sodium.

    I also made it with ground turkey breast instead of beef, which has almost no fat and it was very good. Added garlic and fresh cilantro to add flavor to the meat. I used a cup of water, but it was actually a little too watery with the turkey, so I’d start with about half that next time.

    It was very tasty, way better than the packaged stuff. After eating, I found the packet tucked behind something. I try to eat an overall low sodium diet but for some reason I didn’t check the packet at the store – it had almost 600g of sodium per serving! while this, especially with the modifications had virtually none. I will definitely use this in the future.

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    1. 1messychef Post author

      Im so glad you liked it!! I LOVE to do my meat exactly like you described (I love fresh cilantro!). Now I need to go eat tacos 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!!
      Amy

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  4. Chad

    Love this recipe, I use it just about every week in my veggie crumble tacos (I’m vegan). I’ve have referred to it for almost a year. Thanks so much for posting it. I have made some minor modifications, because I like more heat (teaspoon of cayenne pepper, dash of chipotle chili powder, dash of ancho chili pepper powder, and a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes. In my tacos, I also throw in some thai chili peppers and jalapeños. If you have any more homemade seasoning recipes, please add.

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