A few years back, Pinterest tried to convince me that I needed to stop buying prepackaged mixes, and make my own instead. I tried making my own ranch dressing, French onion soup and taco seasoning, and they were all terrible. No matter what recipe I used, the mixes never tasted right to me. Eventually, I went back to buying prepackaged mixes and all was well…
Until a few weeks ago, when Taco Tuesday rolled around. I searched my cupboards, and I was not pleased to find out that I was out of taco seasoning. To make matters worse – it was nearly dinner time, and I didn’t have time to run to the store.
I went to my old recipe file and started looking for all my old homemade taco seasoning recipes. They all had the same basic ingredients – chili powder, cumin, paprika – but each recipe called for a different amount. So I started experimenting, and I finally came up with the winning combination. Since I prefer my tacos on the milder side, I don’t add a lot of heat to my taco seasoning, but you can definitely kick it up a notch by adding a teaspoon or two of cayenne pepper (or even increasing the amount of black pepper).
Homemade Taco Seasoning
6 TBSP chili Powder
3 TBSP cumin
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 TBSP paprika
4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients and store in a sealed container (I use a mason jar) in a cool, dry place.
To use, brown and drain one pound of ground beef. Return the ground beef to the pan, add 1/2 cup water and 2 TBSP of seasoning. Let simmer for at least five minutes before serving. Serve it with homemade taco sauce!