Homemade Taco Seasoning

keep this spice mix handy and you'll never buy store-bought seasoning again!

keep this spice mix handy and you’ll never buy store-bought seasoning again!

Happy Cinco de Mayo a few hours early!  My fifth of May gift to you is homemade taco seasoning.  In a minimal effort to take ownership of my sodium intake, I started making my own taco spice mix about a year ago.  Since The Hub’s favorite dinner is Turkey Taco Tuesday (no lie), we go through quite a lot of taco seasoning.  I’ve found making your own (as usual) far surpasses the store-bought mix’s flavor, along with the added benefit of personally controlling the amount of salt used.  The blend takes less than 5 minutes to throw together.  Do yourself a tiny favor and buy a pretty jar or tupperware container to hold the excess mix this recipe produces.  Since you’ll use all dried spices, it’ll keep for 6 months or longer, but I think we go through this amount at least once a month!!  Use the mix as a rub for pork, or let it simmer just once with ground beef, ground turkey or shredded chicken, and you’ll be forever hooked.

seriously, this is almost all you need for homemade taco mix!

seriously, this is almost all you need for homemade taco mix!

The above photo shows all the spices you’ll need, minus the salt.  What’s so lovely about this mix is you can control how much of everything you want to add.  Not a huge flowery coriander fan?  Then add a little less.  Not big on fiery heat?  Go easy on the red pepper flakes.  It’s very customizable!

my container is from williams-sonoma

my taco mix container is from williams-sonoma

Place all ingredients into a small tupperware container or lidded jar.  Seal with lid and shake vigorously for 60 seconds, until mix is well-blended.

it smells so good...

it smells so good…

To make turkey tacos, I add about 2 tablespoons of the taco mix to a pound of cooked ground turkey along with a half a cup of water.  Mix well and let simmer until liquid reduces and turkey is delicious, about 15 minutes. Spoon taco meat into shells or tortillas, top with pico de gallo and a dollop of sour cream (or we like Greek yogurt); finish with a sprig of cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


so pretty, it looks like art!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 3/4 cup of taco seasoning
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  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all above ingredients together well and store in airtight container for up to 6 months.

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