Thursday, August 5, 2010

Spice Up Your Life!

Like so many of us, every time Jill decides to whip up some tacos, burritos, or taco dip she seems to be missing the key ingredient - the SEASONING! She knew there was a way she could make it at home and save herself over $1 a packet! After a few tries, and with the help of her lovely niece, this is what she came up with - and it's so yummy! This recipe can be both kid and adult friendly (depending on your level of cayenne) and it doesn't have that super salty taste that store-bought mixes sometimes do.


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
**Optional: For spicier seasoning, you can add up to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but for a kid-friendly version, the cayenne is left out.

Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Using for tacos: Combine 2 tbsp with 3/4 cup of water per 1 lb cooked & drained ground beef. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes.

Using for taco dip: Use 1 1/2 tbsp per 16 oz of sour cream. This can be adjusted to your personal preference.

This is a versatile recipe so have fun with it!
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  1. Not only does that sound like a great combination for seasoning, but it's so much better for you than the kind you buy at the store. Yours has everything theirs has except for the poison! :-)

    Good job.

  2. Yummy! I love making my own seasonings. :) Sugar is added to almost everything packaged.

  3. yay i lost my other recipe for homemade taco seasoning and am running low. This is such perfect timing!

  4. yumm. Exactly the way I make it! I am tickled you dont use the package kind!
    ~ Tana (half mexican) lol

  5. Perfect! I'm making ground beef tonight and this is just what I needed :) Thanks!

  6. This sounds great, I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ooo yummy! I make tacos all the time and HATE spending money on seasoning packets! Thank you thank you! :)


  8. Your seasoning sounds great - much better than the packets!

  9. Thank you so much! I am going to make that, I bought a huge container of it a couple of years ago, but I used the last of it this week, now I don't have to buy it, thanks to you!
    Hugs, Cindy S

  10. I just ran out of the packets we usually use. Just picked up some cumin for other recipes the other day. I'm going to have to whip this up and give it a go on some turkey tacos. Thanks for the heads up!


  11. I am following you out! I have been looking for a mix since the ones at the store are full of salt, which I don't care for at all. Thanks a bunch!

  12. Just today as I used my last packet of "store bought" taco seasoning (that cost $1.25), I thought there must be a recipe for this! Thanks for your recipe! I can't wait to try it!

  13. I make my own taco seasoning too and the best thing about it is that it tastes better and is healthier and cheaper...

  14. Thanks! I have been wanting a homemade taco seasoning recipe.

    I am trying to cut the excess sodium from our food.

  15. I use a recipe that is very common this one it is great

  16. I make taco salads often, this is a better alternative to store bought. Sound delish!!!

  17. This is such a FAB idea!! I'm going to love using this! I am happy to be your newest blog follower and would love to have you as a friend at FrouFrouDecor! I'm hosting at link party/giveaway every Friday and would love to have you link up your finds!! Hope to see you there!!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~