It has been many years since I switched from those little packets of taco seasoning to making my own. I found this recipe in The Complete Tightwad Gazette (page 423) and it is very good. I mix mine in a small glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.
After using the homemade for some time, I bought one of those little packets of brand name taco seasoning because it was a loss leader and I had a coupon so it was basically free. I made tacos with it. Nope. Give me the homemade mix every time. Once you try it from scratch, you won’t want anything else.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- 6 tsp chili powder
- 4 and 1/2 tsp cumin
- 5 tsp paprika
- 3 tsp onion powder
- 2 and 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Mix all the ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator.
Use the seasoning mix according to taste when adding to the cooked ground beef. Start with a few teaspoons and add more as needed. I always add salt to mine as well since there is no salt in the mix. As with other seasoning mixes, you also add water to achieve the sauce consistency you desire.
You can see all of my recipes under Sallie’s Favorite Comfort Food Recipes. If you do try one of my recipes and like it, please come back and let me know in a comment. I truly do appreciate it when people do so!