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  • Homemade Taco Seasoning

    Instead of buying packets, I like to make my own taco seasoning because I can control the salt content and it’s a lot cheaper since I have the ingredients on hand anyway for other recipes. I like to use the following recipe from Jonni McCoy of Miserly Moms.

    Taco Seasoning Mix
    Makes approximately 15 tablespoons
    (3 tablespoons is equivalent to one seasoning packet)

    1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I like to use white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour)
    2 T chili powder
    1/4 cup onion powder
    2 tsp garlic powder
    4 tsp salt
    4 tsp paprika
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 tsp sugar
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp oregano

    Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until powdery for 5 seconds or less (don’t over blend). Use the “pulse” feature if your blender has one. Add more cayenne powder if you prefer it hotter. (I don’t bother blending the ingredients – I find the mixture works perfectly well as is.)

    Store in an airtight container for up to six months.


    1. Mommy Chef says:

      Thank you for posting this! I never remember to buy those packets at the store and I always need it!

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      Glad to help!

    3. I’m going to have to try this recipe! I’m going to try to figure out how much this costs per serving, compared to the packets. And, I like that you can customize it to your own tastes.

    4. Do you mix it with water like you do with the seasoning packets?

    5. Chief Family Officer says:

      Sorry it’s taken me a few days to get back to you both – I’ve been so under the weather!

      @Kacie – If you click on the recipe title, it’ll take you to the original recipe posted by Jonni on the Dollar Stretcher. At the bottom, she has a cost, which even if it’s off by a factor of three or four, is still cheaper than Taco Bell brand packets, which is what I used to use (Marc adamantly refused McCormick brand).

      @Tracy – Yup, I add 1/4 cup or so of water for ground meat.

    6. Brenda Padilla Ericksen says:

      It's great to reduce the salt – but maybe even more exciting to eliminate those flavour enhancers!!!