Necessity is the Mother of Invention, right? Well, when we had a hankering for Loaded Nachos and realized we didn’t have a packet of taco seasoning for the ground meat, we just made our own. The Hubs did a quick Google scan and found this recipe from Sommer Collier.
Simple homemade taco seasoning is a great way to save money, use up spices, and make the best-tasting taco seasoning you’ve ever tried. It’s really simple. Just mix chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and black pepper. Then taste and add more crushed red pepper and salt as desired.
The recipe provided makes roughly the equivalent of a single store-bought packet of taco seasoning. If you want to make a larger batch to scoop and use at will, just multiply the recipe as needed. Which is exactly what we did back when football season was just beginning and nachos would be a recurring theme for months to come! The seasoning works equally well on ground or shredded chicken, turkey, pork and lamb.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Measure out all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Taste and adjust the salt or spices as desired.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
For a larger batch (the equivalent of about 6 packets), use:
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 3 Tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp. each paprika, crushed red pepper, and salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, black pepper
Recipe from Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective