How to Make Taco Seasoning

How to Make Taco Seasoning

Publish Date March 23, 2023 2 Minute Read

Ready to spice up your taco Tuesday? Or any day, really. Despite its name, taco seasoning can be used to add a spicy flavor to many poultry, beef or other dishes – not just tacos. And by making your own homemade taco seasoning, you’re able to control the amount of spice in your dish, allowing you to make your DIY taco seasoning as mild or as hot as you’d like.

What is Taco Seasoning?

Taco Seasoning gets its name from, and is best known for, being the spicy and rich flavor given to the meats that become stuffing for taco shells.

At its core, taco seasoning is a zesty blend of:

  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Dried oregano

Benefits of Making Homemade Taco Seasoning

Sure, you can easily pick up a packet of taco seasoning from the store, but did you know that there are some perks to homemade taco seasoning? Other than it being super easy to make, you can control what spices go into your blend and the amounts. This is also nice because it allows you to adjust the recipe to suit your palate and get as creative as you’d like. Plus, chances are that you already have the main taco seasoning ingredients in your cabinet. Even if you need to buy the main spices, creating your own DIY taco seasoning will be more cost effective in the long run. Did we mention making homemade taco seasoning is also about as easy as it gets?

How to Make Taco Seasoning

So how do you make homemade taco seasoning? In a bowl, simply mix the main taco seasoning ingredients - salt, warming spices, onion powder and garlic powder. You can add as much or as little red pepper flakes, paprika and chili powder as you’d like. To get started, check out our simple Taco Seasoning recipe. Remember to adjust the spices based on your preferred heat level. Once all the taco seasoning ingredients have been combined, pour the mixture into an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place. Your homemade taco seasoning should stay fresh for about 6 months.

Ready for More?

What goes best with taco-seasoned anything? A refreshing margarita, of course. Visit our blog to learn the best practices for making a margarita, along with our top-5 margarita recipes. For more meal ideas, tips and tricks, you can also check out our easy meal solutions page.

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