Homemade Taco Seasoning is a Hit

It was three years ago that I made homemade taco seasoning for the first time. Now, I am happy to say I make my own fajita seasoning, beef stew seasoning, Cajun seasoning and Italian seasoning. It is less expensive and free of unhealthy ingredients like MSG, autolyzed yeast and all of the other preservatives that are in the pre-packaged mixes. This has been a fun kitchen experience and I actually have to pay close attention and write down what I was doing so I can share it here. Stay tuned for my other homemade seasoning recipes coming soon on the blog.

You see, I have never been one to follow recipes and oftentimes in the kitchen I do not use a recipe, I just put things together. Usually I have pretty good results but sometimes I fail miserably. But now that I am writing this blog, I have to pay attention to the details…like how much of each spice I used…I have to be honest I was nervous to make the seasoning because my husband is pretty picky and he was not sold on my whole idea to not buy packaged seasonings anymore. For the last three years, homemade taco seasoning is all we have used and he approves of my other homemade seasonings too.

Oh no pressure at all. First off, I opened my spice cupboard and grabbed all of the spices I thought would be good in taco seasoning. I sat all of the bottles out on the counter and grabbed a measuring spoon and then the fun began. Below is the recipe and I can tell you it was well received. In fact, Doug (knowing how I cook) said I sure hope you wrote that down so we can make it again.  Whew! What a relief. Even though I wrote down the recipe I am pretty sure I will not make it exactly the same next time. Would be good to try a bit more oregano and more cayenne for heat. If you decide to make homemade taco seasoning (or maybe you already have an awesome recipe) let me know how you adjust the recipe. I would love to hear from you! I usually quadruple the batch so we always have some made up and on hand. Also, I am happy to let you know this is a Whole 30 approved recipe.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 tbsp. chili powder

1.5 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne

Mix together well. Use at least 2 tbsp. per 1 pound of meat. Add seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water to meat when it is fully cooked. Let simmer 15 minutes or so.