How many times have you wanted a quick meal, there’s hamburger in the fridge, soft taco shells in the freezer and you decide you want to make tacos for dinner only to find out you have none of the taco seasoning packets in the cupboard? Well, I’m here to offer you a fabulous recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix! I have started making this and now I double down making lots of it to keep on hand. Store it in canning jars and it keeps for quite some time in the cupboard. Plus it’s a big money saver over those little packets in the grocery stores!
Use this Taco Seasoning Mix for making tacos, enchiladas, burritos, Fiesta Pumpkin Dip, taco soup… the sky is the limit!
Here’s how I make it.
Taco Seasoning Mix
While there’s lots of different spices that goes into making Taco Seasoning, you’ll probably have most if not all of these on hand. Here is the list of spices and herbs that are somewhat traditional in Taco Seasonings:
Chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt, black pepper and sugar.
Then there’s two other ingredients I like to add:
- Beef bouillon powder or granules. The beef bouillon just gives it extra richness that I happen to like. If you prefer to make tacos with ground chicken, just use chicken bouillon powder or granules.
- Cornstarch. The function of the cornstarch is twofold. One is it helps the spices adhere to the meat. The second is to thicken the sauce a bit.
The instructions for this recipe are quite simple…
Mix all of these ingredients together in a large measuring cup with a handle and spout for easy pouring.
Pour into a jar. This recipe will make about 3/4 cup.
I like to store mine in a half pint jar and use a canning lid for labeling the content, secured with a ring to keep it on the jar.
And that’s all there is to it!
When making tacos: Use 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning Mix for every 1 pound of meat.
Directions: Brown 1 pound of lean ground beef or chicken. Drain excess grease. Sprinkle on 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning Mix plus 3/4 cup of water. Stir and cook until liquid is reduced into a thick sauce.
For a fabulous appetizer that contains taco seasoning mix, check out this Fiesta Pumpkin Dip! It has been a hit at our house too many times to count!
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.