Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From Scratch: Taco Seasoning

Last night was taco night in Casa de Worrall. I love how quick and easy it is to throw together a taco dinner, and it's always a crowd pleaser. Taco night has become even easier since I started making the seasoning from scratch, instead of using the packets. (I hear you asking "Erin, how could it be easier to make something when you can just buy it in one packet?" ...but since I almost always forget to throw said packet into my cart at the grocery store, getting it would mean driving back to the store while dinner is already in the works = not easier.)

What I love about this recipe is that it's made with ingredients I always have on hand, it contains no preservatives, and I can make as much or as little as I need. I have plans to make a jumbo batch of this stuff when we move and just keep a pre-made jar in the pantry. Honestly, I don't think I'll ever purchase seasoning packets again.

Photo from allrecipes.com
Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine ingredients. Store in airtight container, or mix 3 tablespoons of the mixture into cooked, drained ground beef with 2/3 cup water. Cover and simmer until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 5 minutes.


  1. Great recipe Erin!
    Dan and I have taco night almost once a week and I tried this recipe last week. It was really good until Dan tried to "help" and added cyanne pepper to "spice it up". He didn't listen to me and he added a little too much, but besides that, I will be making a big batch of this to have on had for taco nights from now on!
    ~Anna Deck

  2. Oh, Anna, that is too funny! The recipe does have a bit of heat on its own, so I can imagine that too much cayenne would be hot. I'm so glad you like it :)