I know how easy and inexpensive it is to buy a package of taco seasoning. However, it's not something I have done in years. Right after we got married I started looking into ways to cut costs on our grocery budget. We were two college students and money was tight. I realized that I could make my own taco seasoning by using the spices I already had and we weren't going to be putting all the unnecessary ingredients into our body. DOUBLE WIN! When making tacos I usually grab the spices I want to use and just add them to the meat without measuring. Although, that makes it difficult to share with you. So, today I have an actual recipe. This makes a decent amount so I recommend keeping it in an airtight container to retain its freshness. I typically use about two tablespoons per one pound of meat, but feel free to add more or use less depending on your taste buds.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon Chili powder
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp. dried oregano
- ½ tsp. paprika
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- Measure all ingredients into a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container.
- After browning mean and draining excess fat sprinkle taco seasoning over meat and add ⅓ cup of water. Simmer until the water is absorbed.