Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in prepackaged taco seasoning? If not, then you really should. It is filled with unnecessary ingredients, like sugar in various forms.
Why does taco seasoning need any form of sugar in it? If you have never watched the documentary Fed Up, you really should. It divulges into sugar and the food industry’s role in adding it to everything possible.
It really is an eye opener, and this is coming from someone who loves their sweets!
Anyway, making your own taco seasoning not only gives you complete control over the ingredients, which means no more added sugar or potentially harmful preservatives, but it is cheaper in the long run when you buy the spices in bulk.
I started making my own taco seasoning mix about a year ago when me and my husband did the Whole30 program for a month. And, along with checking labels and trying to avoid things that have sugar in it when it really shouldn’t (like fresh chicken breast, yes, a lot of companies add sugar to their “fresh” raw chicken breast), making my own seasoning mixes have been one of the few habits we kept.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Step 1: Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass container.
- Step 2: When ready, use about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix per 1 pound of meat.
That’s it! Pretty simple, great tasting and doesn’t contain potentially harmful ingredients.
Tips: If you notice that the seasoning mix is a bit on the spicy side, I would suggest reducing the amount of crushed red pepper since this ingredient can be a little hot for some people. My best advice is to experiment and taste the seasoning as you go along. You may find you want more oregano and less salt, and that’s okay. This is your seasoning mix so you should have it the way you and your family like.