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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Y'all, I wasn't kidding about having Mexican food on the brain. If this keeps up, I may need some foodie intervention! Ever have one of those days where nothing sounds good ... nothing tastes good? Well, I'm having quite the opposite problem! Everything tastes good .... and everything spicy, fragrant and Mexican sounds good to me! My husband has made many comments coming in the back door from work, that it smells like a Mexican restaurant at our house! I take that as a compliment! :)

Today, I am sharing an easy homemade taco seasoning. You probably have all the ingredients in your cabinet right now! Seriously, this stuff is good and just as easy as those packages that you buy at the store. I also like the fact that you can regulate what goes into it ..... in other words - no msg or weird chemicals. If you'd like, it's easy to mix up a batch or two ahead of time too. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Printable recipe
Slightly adapted from allrecipes
Yield: about 1½ oz. (enough for 1- lb. of meat)

For the Taco Seasoning:
   1 tbsp. chili powder
   2 tsp. all-purpose flour
   1½ tsp. cumin
   1 tsp. salt
   1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
   ½ tsp. pepper
   ½ tsp. paprika
   ½ tsp. garlic powder
   ¼ tsp. onion powder
   ¼ tsp. oregano
   ⅛ tsp. ground cayenne pepper

Additional ingredients:
   1- lb. meat 
   ⅔ cup water

Mix all of the taco seasoning ingredients. Store in a covered container. 

To use:  Brown meat and drain, if necessary. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until desired consistency is reached. 

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  1. I have everything! Thanks, Jamie - the packets are also getting real expensive :-)

  2. thanks for sharing..

  3. This is so much better then the packets! Im a Mexi food junky too! Yum!

  4. That sounds wonderful, and it's easy-to-make

  5. Alright Jamie here is my question for you. You know I am not that great of a cook and if you remember my kids are picky eaters; especially jesse who has stomach problems so when we do have Mexican food I always buy mild and only use 1/4 to 1/2 the seasoning pack.
    What would be the best way to make this so it is easy on my daughter's sensitive stomach?

  6. WOW! You could make up a huge batch at once. Great idea!

  7. Sounds great! I found you on Foodtasic Friday. I am following you on Pinterest and Google Plus. Enjoy your weekend. :-)

  8. I use a similar recipe and it is really good! Hard to believe you can make the "packets" at home with what you already have in your pantry!

    Visiting from Farm Girl Blog Fest :)

  9. Maybe you are getting your tummy ready for a great adventure to the great Southwest?? LOL Pinning!!

  10. Yes, I like using what's in my cabinet instead of buying a package. I'm going to try this!

  11. I often leave the seasoning off our taco meat since I don't buy those little packets anymore. These look like some great seasonings to add a bit more flavor to taco night

  12. The packets are really filled with a lot of chemicals. This is a great recipe thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  13. Hi Jamie,
    I feel so much better using a homemade season that I know and have control over what goes in it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Love being able to make my own spice mixes! This one looks great.
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week - would love to have you stop by and share! http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party/

  15. Hi Jamie, I never thought to make my own taco seasoning. It definitely will taste better than the package. As one of the co-hosts of Foodie Friends Friday I want to thank you for linking your recipe.

    Stop by on Sunday to vote for your favorite recipe if you can.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  16. Oh Jamie--I love Mexican food too! We have it at least 2-3 times per week. It's so easy and delicious!

    I make my own taco seasoning too. I may just have to forego my recipe to try yours next time!

    Thanks for sharing at Farm Girl Blog Fest!

    @Let This Mind Be in You

  17. I love making my own spice mixes for the same reason, I want to avoid scary ingredients. I do want to let you know though that (usually) beef bouillon granules also have a lot of chemicals in the including MSG. You might want to check your package at home and see. I bet you could just leave that out though and it would still taste great.

  18. Jamie, what a great recipe! I love having control of my own seasonings! Depending on my mood, I will tweek the recipe a little! Thanks for sharing.

    We are all happy you linked this recipe up to Foodie Friends Friday! Look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  19. I have always wanted to make my own taco seasoning. Great job!

  20. I've always thought I could make my own taco seasoning and now with your help, I can! Caught you on Hunk of Meat Monday!

  21. This is a great recipe. I didn't have store bought taco seasoning one time and made this and it tasted great.


  22. I don't believe you can make enough of these sort of things from scratch Jamie. I'm all for it. Homemade is best. Thanks for sharing. People need to know this. I'm featuring at tomorrow's linky party. Thanks for always stopping by. I love your recipes.

    Anne xx

  23. Totally pinned it! Thanks for coming to Whimsy Wednesday with this recipe! Hearts & Hugs,
    Kelly at Smart School House

  24. Hi,
    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.


  25. Thanks for linking this week, Jamie. Sorry I'm running behind. Your Mexican food kick is addicting--that's all I've been wanting. I need to keep a jar of your seasoning on hand.

  26. This looks yummy! Please share this in a new Linky Party --Weekend Kitchen Creations at www.weekendkitchencreations.blogspot.com. Please join us, share your delicious creation, build more traffic for your blog and get other scrumptious ideas.

  27. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :

  28. This was awesome. Thank you! :)

  29. Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe. Keep 'em coming!
    Marian xxx


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