This “make your own” is so easy and so much better and cheaper than the store bought version, I can’t believe that I never tried it before–especially after I turned a packet of taco seasoning over to read the ingredient list and saw how many unfamiliar chemicals were in there.
Taco Seasoning Mix
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
Combine all spices in an airtight plastic storage container (if you have an empty used spice bottle, that would work great). Seal your container and shake until everything is well-blended.
Add one to two tablespoons of seasoning blend, depending on your taste preference, to one pound of cooked ground beef and 1/2 cup water and simmer until thickened. This mix makes up to 10 pounds of taco meat, and you can easily scale the recipe up or down, depending on how frequently you make tacos. This makes a fairly mild seasoning mix, so if you like some extra kick, turn the dial up a bit on the cayenne pepper.