DIY Taco Seasoning

by Emily on March 22, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve made my own taco seasoning but I did so this week and really enjoyed it!  Let me backtrack a bit…

When we lived in London, and being a huge Mexican food fan, it was quite a disappointment that I couldn’t find any tasty taco seasoning.  They did have 1 package that came in a box called the Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit.  It had 12 hard shells, taco seasoning and 1 package of salsa.  Sadly, this was NOT what I was used to.  And even more sadly, the taco seasoning had a very strange BBQ taste to it.  Maybe the English manufacturers of Old El Paso thought Americans liked anything with BBQ sauce.  So, I dabbled in making my own taco seasonings to spice up the meat without the BBQ flavor.

As soon as we settled back in the US, call it my American hoarding, but I bought the bulk sized, Costco tub of taco seasoning which has lasted me 2 years.  After this recently ran out, I was in a pinch with meat browning and no such luxury of pre-done seasoning available nearby.  So, I quickly grabbed my phone and started some research.  (Don’t get me started on how sad it is that I use my phone for all recipes lately instead of the beautiful shelf filled with cookbooks in the bookcase.)  But alas, a few quick searches to refresh my memory and I made up a recipe very similar to Smashed Peas and Carrots.  The result for tacos was great flavor, even better than the packaged stuff (duh right)!  It was much more complex and tasty and I couldn’t be happier.  Then, night two, I ended up pouring the leftover seasoning into my crock pot of chili-it was also good!

DIY Taco Seasoning

1/4 cup chili powder

1- 1/2 teaspoon of minced onion

1-1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1-1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1-1/2 teaspoon of coriander

1-1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes (more if the little one weren’t eating this)

Shake of black pepper

Mix it all in a bowl and keep in airtight container.

 

Give it a whirl!  Let me know if you have any suggestions, ideas or thoughts on DIY Taco Seasoning!

 

 

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