How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
I love making tacos and burritos with taco seasoning. I make all my own seasoning mixes homemade because store bought mixes are full of fillers and additives that I don’t want to eat or feed my kids. Its quick and easy to make homemade spice mixes and taco seasoning mix is so versatile and yummy.
I have multiple food allergies and chemical sensitivities so additives are a big deal to me. After reading about the effects of many additives to the body, I no longer wanted to feed those types of food to my kids and family either.
I love making tacos and burritos with taco seasoning.
I use taco mix to flavor my beans. I soak the beans in the morning and drain and rinse them in the evening of the same day. Then I put the soaked beans in my crock pot and fill it with water.
I add a serving of my homemade taco seasoning mix and cook it all night on high. The smell that permeates the house is intoxicating and the beans taste DELICIOUS! When the kids come in, everyone remarks on how great it smells in here.
Taco mix can also be used to season ground beef, chicken, or whatever you want to add a little spice too. It’s great to have on hand and used for many recipes. It’s less expensive for me to make my own than to buy prepackaged mixes at the store. I love that!
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Homemade taco seasoning for ground beef
To purchase any herbs and spices we don’t grow, I use the website bulkfoods.com because they have pure products with no added fillers or salts. If I buy chili powder from them, I get just chili powder.
Many times when you buy chili powder at the grocery store, your chili powder will contain additives such as anti-caking agents and fillers such as gluten that make it bulkier and thereby less expensive to produce. I am not allergic to gluten, but I want to know what I’m eating.
All natural taco seasoning
I buy many foods in bulk because it’s less expensive and less packaging to go into the landfill after I use the products. I use old spice containers to store my mixes in so they don’t collect moisture.
Since I don’t use anti-caking agents, sometimes my mixes clump together. That’s okay with me. I just give them a stir and everything is fine!
Click here to see how to make my world famous taco soup that kids love using this mix.
- 1/2 C chili powder
- 2 T. garlic powder
- 2 T. onion powder
- 2 tsp. dried cayenne pepper powder
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 T. paprika
- 1/4 C. ground cumin
- 1 T. black pepper
- Mix ingredients together in a bowl and store in airtight container.
- To make tacos, brown one pound of ground beef in a skillet on medium heat.
- Drain fat if needed.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water to skillet.
- Cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes.
Makes a little over one cup of seasoning mix.
I use this mix to season beans that I cook overnight in my crockpot as well. It makes a tasty pot of beans that my family and kids LOVE!