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Taco seasoning – Outside the Box


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If you’re buying taco seasoning from the store in kits, you can save your self a lot of money — and a lot of unneeded sodium! — by making your own at home.

There are scads of recipes all over the internet, but over the last few years I have refined my DIY taco seasoning to be the perfect amount for one pound of meat and to suit my family’s tastes. Here is what you’ll need:

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • dash of ground cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

If you like it spicy, add more cayenne; we are catering to the needs of a four-year-old.

I mix the spices in a small custard cup, and once I have begun browning the meat (I used ground turkey for the picture) and have broken it up, I add the seasonings. This meat works great for tacos, taco salad and anywhere else you would like taco meat. I suppose you could stuff a burrito, too.

So save the money on the kit: add just a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, and you’ll have your own healthy taco seasoning.

Most content originally posted by Debra McDuffee at DIY Life.

Photo Credit: Debbie McDuffee

One Response to “Taco seasoning – Outside the Box”

May 5, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Oh yay! I’ve been looking for a taco seasoning mixture for a loooong time now and haven’t found a good one, so I’ll be trying this.

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