Sunday, February 27, 2011

February 27, 2011: Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

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When you’re in the mood for tacos, there’s no need to buy a package of seasoning at the grocery store. The recipe for a similar mix is really easy to make and uses spices you are bound to have in your pantry.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

3 T. chile powder (you can used dried red chile powder, found in the Mexican food aisle, or chili powder, which is much milder, depending on your heat preference)
2 T. flour
2 t. ground cumin
2 t. dried oregano (look for Mexican oregano, as opposed to the more common Italian oregano, in the spice aisle for a more authentic flavor)
½ t. onion powder
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. salt
½ t. cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a plastic zip-top bag and shake until completely blended. Store it in a cool, dry place and it should last several months.

To use:

Brown one pound of ground beef; drain the fat. Sprinkle on the seasoning blend and mix well. Add a couple tablespoons of water and simmer until a thick sauce is created.

If you like a saucier taco (and who doesn't like impish food?), add a tablespoon or so of flour to the cooked, drained ground beef and mix, then stir in about one-quarter cup of water.

Tip: You can also use this seasoning blend if you prefer a spicier version of the rolled tacos my son Neal loves (see February 17, 2011 post for the rolled tacos recipe). Simply add the package to the shredded, roast beef and heat with a couple tablespoons water as directed above for ground beef taco meat.


  1. Its always good to come across a new seasoning mix to try. I refuse to use any packaged seasoning mixes, instead using my own herbs and spices so I can avoid fillers and chemical additives. Yours looks really tasty

  2. Hi Mama Kelly,
    I agree - anything that comes prepackaged in the store is full of stuff you can't pronounce and probably don't want to ingest! Hope you like this one. I've got a few more I'll be sharing soon.