March 10, 2012

Taco Seasoning

I got this recipe in a cooking class years ago.  I think it is more flavorful than the packets you buy in the grocery store.  I like it because I can control the salt.  Those envelopes seem to be mostly sodium.  It is definitely cheaper than buying the premixed stuff and it takes just a minute to make.  I like to make a large batch and keep it in a spice container from Sam's club.  We like spicy food so I go a little heavier with the warmer spices.  You can certainly adjust to your family's taste.  I omit the salt all together.  We don't miss it at all.  This is great for all kinds of dishes... soups, casseroles and of course anything Mexican.  Use your imagination. The recipe is the equivalent of one package of taco seasoning which is enough to season 1 pound of meat or beans.  If you make a large batch simply use 5 tablespoons to equal one package of taco seasoning.  Use more or less to suit your taste.

For one batch:

2 teaspoons dry minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano

Mix all ingredients well.

For  a large batch:
10 Tablespoons dry minced onion
5 Tablespoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 tablespoons garlic
2 1/2 tablespoons cumin
5 T. chili powder
2 1/2 Tablespoons red pepper
1 Tablespoon oregano


  1. Thank you for this! I was hoping to find a good recipe for taco seasoning. Can't wait to try it! I love that all the spices are already in my pantry. :)

    1. Lisa,

      Let me know how you like this. It is a little different but I think far better than the store bought.