A Foodie’s Guide to Making the Perfect Taco Seasoning

Looking to spice up your cooking? Taco night doesn’t have to be at the mercy of a taco seasoning packet you bought on sale years ago.

In fact, you don’t even need to purchase a seasoning packet. You probably have all the spices you need in your pantry. So save yourself a few dollars and get your tastebuds ready for a flavor-packed adventure.

Convenience food or prepared food is great in a pinch but often lacks that “it” factor that elevates a just okay meal to one that becomes a family favorite.

Finding the right seasoning combo is vital to a delicious meal. Read on to find out which taco seasoning ingredients can step up your game in the kitchen.

Taco Seasoning

Release the salt! Salt is one ingredient that is needed on almost every dish. In Mexico salt, lime, and ground cayenne people create the perfect trifecta when it comes to a popular fruit seasoning.

The combination of flavors not only makes the fruit feel like a more substantial treat but also accentuates the sweetness.

If you have access to Mexican oregano that would be a great addition to your DIY taco seasoning. Italian oregano would work just fine though. For a small kick black pepper, chili powder, and smoked paprika give your seasoning more depth.

I know a lot of you may be in a pinch for time so garlic and onion powder will work just fine, but fresh garlic and onion will not only give you great flavor but a nice texture.

Another aromatic you should definitely include in your taco seasoning is cumin. If the seasoning doesn’t seem hot enough for you go ahead and add crushed red pepper and cayenne. Looking for a smokier alternative, smoked chipotle powder is just right for you.

Our recipe workbook can help guide you through all your taco needs. So don’t be afraid to check it out, even if it just for inspiration.

Making your own taco seasoning can be a great way to save a few bucks, but it also lets you customize food to your and your family’s specific tastes. 

Finding the perfect mixture will be trial and error, a delicious error though. Once you find the perfect taco seasoning that meets your needs just make a large batch and store it in an air-tight container.

The Flavors of Mexico in Your Kitchen

No matter your protein beef, pork, and poultry the right seasoning mix elevates a dish to new levels. Imagine the possibilities the right spice mix can have on vegan alternatives like jackfruit, seitan, and tofu.

Being able to create your own mix helps you add the right amount of salt as a lot of prepackaged seasonings come with a day’s if not more worth of sodium. 

Creating your own taco seasoning allows you to control what is in it, and gives you peace of mind knowing you and your family will be receiving the best ingredients at your disposal.

Interested in learning more on how to spice up your life? Check out our other recipes.

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