Sunday, February 13, 2011

Taco Seasoning Recipe

So often when I want to get taco seasoning at the store I end up looking at the ingredients... then putting it back.  There always seems to be some sort of artificial / chemical / nasty additives in it.  Some of you may be lucky enough to find some natural alternative, but for those of us in places where those kinds of things are lacking, we can make our own!  I love making my own now since I can use organic spices that I get in bulk from my local health food store.  Plus it ends up being a lot less expensive than any natural alternative I may find.

Just an aside -- Does anyone else find it odd that there are health food sections in grocery stores and health food stores.  What does it say about the rest of the "food" available?  ... Okay, that's kind of a rhetorical question since I do know what that means.  (Anyone else wondering can watch "Food, Inc" or read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan)

Anyway, I will get off my soapbox now... On to the recipe!

Taco Seasoning

1 T chili powder
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t onion powder
¼ t red pepper flakes
¼ t oregano
½ t paprika
1 t cumin
1 t sea salt
1 t black pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir together with a spoon.  Makes equivalent of one packet of seasoning. 

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It's a fairly mild seasoning mix, and it was great in my taco soup recipe (which I will post next).  You can also multiply the recipe and divide it into packets for later use.


  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! My boys love taco night. It'll be nice to make it from scratch instead of using the packets.

  2. If you make it in much larger quantities, do you know how much would be the equivalent of one package - 2 1/2 tablespoons?

  3. Just finished reading In Defense of Food. Loved it. Have passed it on to a friend to spread the word.

  4. I made my own taco seasoning last time I needed some, simply because I was too lazy to go to the store... I thought it tasted better, plus it's a LOT lower in sodium!!

  5. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I hate buying the packets and would love to make a batch of this to put in a jar and use for later. Do you think it would be okay to mix up like that and store in a glass container?


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