Homemade Taco Seasoning
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Make your own taco seasoning at home to use on chicken or ground beef tacos, in taco soup or taco spaghetti! It’s easy to triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the pantry until ready to use. This recipe is mild, gluten free, preservative free and Whole 30 compliant!
The seasoning mixes are stored in half pint mason jars in the pantry, so they’re always ready to use when I need them for a recipe.
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How to make it
Making homemade taco seasoning is as easy as mixing 8 spices together in a small bowl or mason jar. The spices you’ll need are Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Paprika, Cumin, Oregano, Kosher Salt and Cayenne Pepper.
I like to buy the spices in large bulk containers, either online or at Costco, because it saves money and I know I’ll always have some on hand to mix up my favorite seasoning blends or to refill smaller spice jars.
How long will it last?
Stored in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, homemade taco seasoning will stay good in the pantry for 2-3 years.
How much seasoning do I need for 1 pound of meat?
For every 1 pound of meat, you’ll want to use 2 tablespoons taco seasoning.
A typical seasoning packet found at the grocery store contains 1 oz of taco seasoning, which is equivalent to 2 tablespoons of homemade seasoning.
How do you make taco meat with ground beef?
Brown 1 pound of ground beef, drain any grease, then add 2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water, chicken broth or beef broth. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the taco meat to crispy taco shells or tortillas.
Ground chicken or ground turkey can also be used instead of ground beef.
Ways to use the seasoning
Mix up a batch of the homemade seasoning then use it in these delicious recipes throughout the week!
- Sloppy Joe Tacos
- One Pot Turkey Taco Soup
- Cheesy Baked Taco Dip
- Easy Taco Ring
- Grilled Chicken Taco Skewers
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Turkey Taco Soup
- Whole30 Turkey Taco Salad
- Taco Baked Ziti
- Guacamole Stuffed Chicken
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl or mason jar.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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