If you’ve been following for me for long, you know I can’t handle two things…strong fragrances and MSG. That means that the majority of taco seasoning packets in the grocery store are a no-go for me since they usually contain the dreaded MSG. Once I realized this, I decided to learn how to make my own and I’ve never looked back.
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This recipe is adapted from Merissa Alink’s book, Little House Living-The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. (As a side note-If you like DIY stuff this is great book to have on hand!) This taco seasoning mix is very easy to mix up and keeps for a while in your pantry. Like most of my recipes, it is quite adaptable to your family’s tastes. I use it in any recipe that calls for a packet of taco seasoning.
This recipe is also very frugal. It won’t cost much more than a couple of packets of store-bought seasoning. This recipe makes 1 3/4 cups seasoning which is equal to about 14 packets. You use 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning in place of one packet, but since this is a mix you can use more or less depending on how seasoned you like your meat. If you like things hotter, you can also add some cayenne pepper to give it a spicy kick. This seasoning mix is also a key ingredient in my taco soup recipe.
TACO SEASONING AS A GIFT
This taco seasoning mix is easy to package up in a jar to give as a gift. It would look great with several other seasoning mixes such as this Ranch dressing mix, and this basic spice rub (from An Oregon Cottage) all packaged together in a gift basket. This would be an ideal hostess gift to give during the holidays and it makes a great Mother’s Day gift for the cook.
Looking for more seasoning mixes? My Meal Prep Chicken post has three more seasoning mixes that can also be packaged up as gifts.
A simple taco seasoning that you can mix up in minutes to replace those packets from the store.
- 1/2 cup dried minced onion
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup oregano
- 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons cumin
Mix all ingredients together. Store in a mason jar or other container in the pantry. Use 2 Tablespoons per pound of ground beef or chicken. You can also use 2 Tablespoons to replace each packet of store-bought taco seasoning in other recipes.
Do you make tacos often? What other seasoning mixes would you like to have on hand?