Homemade Taco Seasoning

Mexican food makes a great weeknight dinner.  It’s delicious and can be made quickly.  That’s not to say all Mexican dishes are quick – if you’ve tried many of Rick Bayless’ recipes, you know that Mexican meals can be a real labor of love.  But a variety of Mexican meals can be made in a short amount of time without too much effort.  All you have to do is season your protein of choice, cook it up, and serve with your favorite toppings inside tortillas (check out our recipes for homemade corn **FIX**and flour tortillas) or taco shells for an easy taco night… or burrito, fajita, or enchilada night depending on how you like to wrap it all up.

Taco Seasoning

Ready-made seasoning mixes certainly help make taco night a breeze, but many store-bought spice packets have ingredients you may not be able to pronounce.  You can easily avoid these preservatives and other chemicals, plus control your salt intake, by making your own seasoning mix.  It’s super quick and easy.  Once you’ve got it made, keep it on hand for a quick-fix Mexican meal.

To come up with this recipe I combined different aspects of recipes I found online then put my own personal spin on the ingredients.  I love chipotles so I use chipotle chili powder in place of regular chile powder.  Then I add more smokiness by using a mix of smoked and sweet paprika.  Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: less than 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp. Chipotle Chili Powder
2 1/2 tsp. Cumin
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Ground Coriander
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
3/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp. Mexican Oregano
1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 tsp. Sweet Paprika

Ingredients

1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Transfer to a spice jar to store.

Note: About 3 tbsp. of this seasoning is the equivalent of one spice packet.

Wasn’t that a snap?!  Now you’ll have your own homemade spice blend waiting in the pantry the next time you get a taco craving.  ¡Provecho!

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