Homemade taco seasoning is super easy to make and totally worth the effort. I like making my own taco seasoning cause we can adapt it to our tastes. For instance, I use ancho chili powder in mine rather than traditional chili powder that you would find in packet seasoning. We love that deep smoky flavor of ancho chili powder. Ancho chili powder packs in the flavor without a whole lot of heat. Like heat? Add a little cayenne and/or more crushed red pepper. Play with the recipe, see what you like. You won’t want to use those little packets again!
Need an excuse to make a batch? Try out my Creamy Taco Mac. Its delicious!
Mild Taco Seasoning
Yield: Equivalent of 4 packets of taco seasoning
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.
To use: Use approximately 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning in place of a packet of commercial taco seasoning. To prepare taco meat, add seasoning & 1 cup of water to one pound of browned meat and simmer over low heat until liquid is gone.
Source: Adapted from Allrecipes