A friend of mine gave me some packages of taco seasoning that she wasn’t using and while I wouldn’t have bought them, once I had them I started noticing how many frugal bean/legume recipes I had that called for taco seasoning. The mix of flavors definitely enhanced the taste of the final dish, even if the processed mixture didn’t enhance the nutritional value!
This recipe for homemade taco seasoning makes it possible to enjoy the convenience of a premixed taco seasoning mix without any objectionable ingredients! It’s super quick to mix up, affordable, and good for you.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1/2 c. chili powder (*note below)
- 1/4 c. onion powder
- 1/8 c. cumin
- 1 T. garlic powder
- 1 T. paprika
- 1 T. salt
Mix all the ingredients together, and store in a jar. Two rounded tablespoons equals one packet of taco seasoning.
* If like me, you don’t have chili powder in your pantry and don’t want to go out and buy it just to make this recipe, it’s easy to mix up your own. To make chili powder, the recipe I used called for: 2 T. paprika, 2 t. oregano, 1 1/2 t. cumin, 1/2 t. garlic powder, and 3/4 t. onion powder.
**Yet another note: chili powder and cayenne pepper are not the same thing! Cayenne is much hotter and not a good substitute. I learned this years ago when I made what I thought would be a delicious and exotic salad and dressing, and used cayenne since I thought it was interchangeable with chili powder. Every single person took a bite and then reached for his water glass. No one touched the salad after that first bite.