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This homemade taco seasoning smells so fresh and potent, just smelling it will make you drool! Making this Mexican taco seasoning mix yourself will take your Taco Tuesday to the whole new level!
You might be wondering – why make your own taco seasoning when you can buy it in the spice section already pre-made? Well, you just have to try it once, and you’ll never go back to store-bought.
Just take a whiff of the homemade taco seasoning and you’ll know exactly why you are making this Mexican spice mix yourself. It smells so amazing, so potent, so flavorful! The store-bought taco seasoning is flat and lost its zest. The homemade taco seasoning is fresh and its flavor really shines into the food. There is just no comparison.
Best of all, making your own taco seasoning is super easy and takes just a couple of minutes. If you love Mexican food, you’ll really appreciate the taste of homemade taco seasoning and the new dimension it adds to your cooking!
How To Make Homemade Taco Seasoning
What’s in a taco seasoning? Taco seasoning is a mix of 8 common spices: chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper. To make your own taco seasoning, just measure out the spices in quantities according to the recipe card on the bottom of this page and mix together for amazing homemade taco spice mix!
Store your homemade taco seasoning in an airtight container and add to taco meat, enchiladas, burritos or any Mexican food!
This recipe makes just enough taco seasoning for one time (the equivalent to one taco seasoning packet). Once you try it and see how amazing it tastes, you’ll probably want to make a huge batch! Great news is that you can easily scale the recipe to make a bigger portion. To make a huge jar of the homemade taco seasoning, just multiply all the spice quantities by 10, mix everything and store in a mason jar.
How Much Taco Seasoning To Use Per Pound
Once you made your own taco seasoning, you might be wondering – how much of that seasoning should I use in my recipe? I like a lot of spice and flavor, so I use 2 tbsp of taco seasoning per each pound of meat. I recommend starting out with 1 tablespoon per pound, then try the food after it’s cooked to see if it’s enough seasoning for you. If you’d like more flavor, then add more taco seasoning, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the taste is perfect for you. Once you determine how much taco seasoning you like to use to your taste, just remember this amount for the future.
Here are some amazing recipes to use with your fresh homemade taco mix:
Easy Oven Baked Tacos – best way to serve tacos for a crowd!
Turkey Tacos Lettuce Wraps – the healthiest way to eat your tacos!
Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa – awesome fish tacos, so juicy and flavorful!
Easy Taco Salad – made in crunchy taco shell bowls, yum yum yum!
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Store homemade taco seasoning in an airtight container.