homemade taco seasoning

homemade taco seasoningI’ll admit it’s been a very long time since I made tacos.  It’s not something we eat regularly.  The taco packets available in the grocery store contain too many additives for my liking (maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, and citric acid to name a few).  However, I am all in when it comes to making my taco seasoning. Why, you ask?  First, I control what goes into the seasoning.  Secondly, stored in a cool place this batch will last up to six months.  Lastly, I can use taco seasoning in other dishes.  Sprinkle the seasoning over tofu before cooking.  Use it as a topping for salads or rice bowls.  Toss freshly popped popcorn in the taco seasoning.  It’s great in dips.  Season nuts before roasting them in the oven.  The versatility of taco seasoning allows you to get creative and experiment with different recipes. Have fun exploring the various ways you can use taco seasoning beyond just tacos!  If taco Tuesdays are your thing, check out my fish taco recipe.

you will need

3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper


taco seasoningIn a bowl combine all ingredients. Store in a jar.

the culinary chase’s note:

If making tacos, start with one tablespoon of the seasoning to one pound of ground meat. Add more to suit your taste. Enjoy!