Taco Seasoning .....

by Russell Smith October. 09, 2018 239 views

Taco seasoning in the yellow and red packaging is ok but it is a bit on the expensive side and to me it could be better. I got digging around the internet to check my thinking and see if I could come up with a season blend that I liked and because I have the spices on hand it would not cost any extra money.

Majority of the Herbs and Spices in the blend.

Majority of the Herbs and Spices in the blend.

Because I wanted to photograph this venture I decided instead of pouring everything into the mason jar that the blend would live in I would use a bowl to measure the spices into .

The bowl is round honest it is not shaped like an egg hehe.

The bowl is round honest it is not shaped like an egg hehe.

After comparing several recipes and not finding one I cared for by itself I decided to blend (pun intended) the recipes and come up with my own. As of the time I am writing this post untested but smells great.
Because I am lazy in the fact that I would prefer to make a large batch well large for spice blends a bit over 1/3 of a cup worth of taco seasoning . I could have made a single use batch by using 1/4 the amount of spices/herbs. Time for the recipe.

Ingredients for Taco Seasoning

  • 1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder ( I used a combo of Chili Powder and Ancho chili powder—See Below for explanation )
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano( Prefer Mexican Oregano but I did not have any)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Red pepper and its optional) I will add more heat to the taco meat if needed.
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt (more if you like more less if you want less)

1 Tbsp Black Pepper - I usually add more to the meat when it is first cooking .

Chili Powder I am not a fan of the Chili powder blend you buy in the store that is my personal issue. I did buy some for Chili several months ago because there was a shortage of the chili/s I use in my chili and I needed some more of the flavor . I would have preferred to use 1/8 cup of guajillo chili or other medium heat chili and 1/8 cup of Ancho Chili. To me Ancho is a perfect chili especially for folks that do not like spicy food and so is the guajillo chili although it is a bit more spicy . Ancho has a nice chili flavor with a hint of sweetness similar to a raisin. After I test this blend I will update the recipe with my thoughts. One herb I considered was coriander seeds toasted and ground.
Pour everything into a jar left over pickle jars, jelly jars that have been cleaned out really well work great for this too (just keep the lid). Then close the lid and shake to mid the blend .

Needs  A Label so I know what blend this is .

Needs A Label so I know what blend this is .

To use this blend take 2 tablespoons and sprinkle over the browned meat then add a 1/4-1/2 cup of water . If you wanted you could add a tablespoon of corn starch to the blend to help thicken the water and make a bit of a sauce. Also If you like more heat increase the Cayenne Pepper or Red Pepper flakes or if you like less use less or none of the Cayenne Pepper/ Rep Pepper Flakes.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, Russell! Sounds like a great mixture!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks for the recipe Russel

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

No problem .

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Scribe 1 year, 9 months ago

Spices blended
with kindred spirits
burst alive
to bless its palates green heart

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Scribe 1 year, 9 months ago

:) thank you .

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Enrico Sottocorna 1 year, 9 months ago

Ciao Russell, penso che questa miscela sia esplosiva smile , ma penso anche che dosata giusta dia un sapore eccezionale, copio la tua ricetta e proverò con il numero dei Pompieri vicino al BBQ ....joy Ciao

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Enrico Sottocorna 1 year, 9 months ago

Maybe reduce the peppers some to start with . I hope if you try it you enjoy it .

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
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