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Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning Recipe

This taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to mix up, and you probably have everything you need for it already – you’ll never have to buy it again!

We love Mexican food around here.  

Most of the recipes I use, like these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, involve mixing up the seasoning when making the recipe.

But there’s always a few that use a taco seasoning mix and I rarely buy it.  

This taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to mix up, and you probably have everything you need for it already - you'll never have to buy it again!

I do, however, usually have a batch of this homemade taco seasoning on hand!

I love that I can make something like this Chicken Taco Chop Salad that uses taco seasoning in the dressing without having to go out and buy a special packet of seasoning.  

This taco seasoning recipe mixes up in minutes, and you probably have everything you need for it in your pantry already.

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

How do I make taco seasoning from scratch?

Making taco seasoning from scratch is super easy. It’s definitely not something that’s worth buying!

Toss a few spices you probably already have into a bowl and stir to combine.

That’s it. So easy, and it tastes fantastic!

This taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to mix up, and you probably have everything you need for it already - you'll never have to buy it again!

What can I use if I don’t have taco seasoning?

If you don’t have taco seasoning, make this homemade taco seasoning. It’s easy, and you probably have all the ingredients.

But if you’re rushed for time and don’t feel like mixing up a batch immediately, this homemade Cajun seasoning makes a good substitute for taco seasoning in recipes.

This chicken taco salad is one of our favourite meals - juicy, grilled cilantro lime chicken tossed with salad, tortilla chips and tasty taco ranch dressing!

Do you need to add water to taco seasoning?

Taco meat is much better with water added to it. Without it it tastes good, but is a bit dry.

After you brown your ground beef, add 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning combined with 1 teaspoon of corn starch per pound of ground beef.

Once the seasoning is stirred into your beef, add 2/3 cup of water per pound of ground beef and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes until the liquid has thickened.

Super easy and it tastes fantastic.

This taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to mix up, and you probably have everything you need for it already - you'll never have to buy it again!

How to make homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • I like to store my seasoning mixes in these 4 ounce (125mL) jars, but any airtight container will work well for storing it.
  • Use this seasoning in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning, or to make up some taco meat. There are instructions included in the recipe for making taco meat with this seasoning.

Here are some more great Mexican recipes for you:

Yield: 1/2 cup seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to mix up, and you probably have everything you need for it already – you’ll never have to buy it again!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 4 teaspoons pepper
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and red pepper flakes until well combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container or jar at room temperature.


To make taco meat:

  1. Brown one pound of lean ground beef (or turkey). Drain the grease.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and 1 teaspoon of corn starch.
  3. Add the seasoning and corn starch to the browned beef and stir to combine.
  4. Pour in 2/3 cup water and stir.
  5. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the liquid has thickened a bit.
  6. Serve taco meat in tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, or taco salad.

Notes

Source: From Allrecipes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 teaspoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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