For the longest time, I purchased taco seasoning packets at the grocery store. Nachos, tacos, and enchiladas are a weekly occurrence in our home. One evening, I started dinner only to realize I had forgotten to buy seasoning! I did a quick google search and found that taco seasoning was made with spices that I already had on hand. Why was I not making my own? Instead of running to the store, I pulled out my spices and made a few adjustments based on our tastes. As a result, my Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning was born!
The best part about making your own seasoning? You can make it as spicy or mild as you like! I have many friends who like spicy foods. If this is you, feel free to double the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Make a small batch and see how it tastes. Don’t care for spice? Use only a small amount of seasoning and ramp up from there.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Store in an airtight container.
For every half pound of meat, add 1 tablespoon of spice and up to 1/4 cup of water to create a sauce. Or, add as much as you'd like to taste.