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5 Minute Easy Taco Seasoning

    In 5 minutes you can make a delicious and easy taco seasoning blend is perfect for making tacos, burritos, and more! Never buy the packets again!

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    Tacos are life in our house. Well, at least if you as myself and our boys. My husband, not so much. But that’s another story.

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    Taco Seasoning Ingredients

    Over the years it dawned on me that not everyone knows how to make homemade taco seasoning so today I’m sharing my go-to taco seasoning recipe.

    Avoiding store-bought seasoning:

    There is a reason you want to avoid store-bought seasoning. Is it cheap to purchase? Yes but many of them contain preservatives that most people cannot pronounce or understand. Ingredients like: Maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, malic acid, and others. On one packet I looked at it said partially produced with genetic engineering. What does that mean?

    Spices Used:

    My go-to taco seasoning blend includes cumin, oregano (ideally Mexican oregano), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  This recipe is easy to tweak to the way you want it.

    Cayenne: Don’t like spicy? Omit it to keep the seasoning mild or double it to make the blend spicy. Need more spicy? Then add in some red pepper flakes. Don’t have one of the spices? No problem! Make it your own! Want to skip the smoked paprika? Try chili powder instead. Don’t have onion powder? Just skip it! No garlic powder? Grate in fresh garlic instead.

    Homemade Tacos with Beef

    Seasoning Uses:

    It’s great to use when sauteeing any type of ground meat for tacos including ground beef, turkey or chicken. You can also mix it with olive oil and lime juice to create an easy marinade for meat or veggies before grilling or broiling. Want to make a Mexican salad dressing? Whisk together the taco seasoning mix with olive oil, lime juice, honey, and red wine vinegar.

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    Storage and shelf life:

    It will last up to 10 months stored in an air-tight container. It does not need to be refrigerated.

    Easy Taco Seasoning

    Making larger batches:

    This recipe makes just enough for one pound of meat. I like to make a quadruple batch once a month so that it’s always fresh and ready to go.

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    Stay tuned – I’ll be sharing this beef taco salad bowl recipe soon using this very taco seasoning mix!

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    Easy Taco Seasoning Mix

    Easy Taco Seasoning

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    In 5 minutes you can make a delicious and easy taco seasoning blend is perfect for making tacos, burritos, and more! Never buy the packets again!
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon oregano (ideally Mexican oregano)
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container for up to 10 months.

    Notes

    This recipe makes enough seasoning for 1 pound of meat.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 585mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 369IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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