Homemade Taco Seasoning
This homemade taco seasoning is designed to keep you away from the dreaded seasoning pack! It has great flavor and makes it easy to control the salt and heat levels.
- 1/4 cup pure chili powder
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine well.
Use immediately and store leftovers in an airtight container.
For one pound of ground beef, you'll need 3 tablespoons of the seasoning mix. After browning the ground beef, drain the fat. Add 3 tablespoons seasoning along with a heaping half cup of water. Mix well and simmer over low heat. Taste for salt level, adding another pinch if necessary.
Try to use chili powder that’s as close to pure as possible. I use 1/4 cup of these chili powders and you can usually find something similar in grocery stores these days. Sometimes they’ll be labeled as “pure” or “not a blend” or “New Mexican red chile”, and if they do not have any additional ingredients then it should be a good starting point. You can also use homemade chili powder if you have dried chilis on hand.
I used Mexican Oregano for this recipe but regular oregano works fine too.
You can omit the cayenne pepper if you want a milder version.
You'll need about 3 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of ground beef. Taste for salt level after combining and add another pinch if necessary.