Today we’re going to make our own taco spice!
I’m going to preach for a minute, so brace yourselves. Guys, please stop buying taco seasoning! Store-bought taco spice contains all sorts of nastiness, including gluten, MSG, preservatives, artificial colours, sodium and other things. It’s much healthier to make your own, and it’s way cheaper too! So do yourself a favour and grab a mason jar or any air-tight container and make a big batch. It’s a great way to use up some spices, too. You’ll thank me!
Yet another pro of making your own taco spice mix – it’s tastes WAY better. My Other Half and I can’t get over the difference. Instead of using copious amounts of salt to flavour our food, we’re now using colourful, fragrant spices. This mix has a smokiness to it that we just love.
We typically use taco spices for just that – tacos – but you can use it on practically anything. I’ve used it as a rub for meat, in soups, on veggies or in sauces. I’ve even added it to sour cream for a fun Mexican-flavoured dip with nachos.
The best part about making your own taco seasoning is you can customize it to your liking. Do you hate cumin? Leave it out! Do you crave heat? Add more chili powder, or even a dash of cayenne pepper! Seriously – whatever floats your boat. This recipe is just what we love, and use all the time.
If you have different types of chili powder on hand, I highly recommend using a combination of regular, chipotle and ancho. It’s soooo good and adds a bit of complexity. I normally do half regular, half chipotle… but sometimes I forget and it’s still delicious… at least 50 times more delicious than that store-bought crap.
You’re going to love my homemade taco spice!
Serves: 1 cup, approximately
- 1 tbsp chili powder (I like half regular, half chipotle)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika (I sometimes use half smoked paprika)
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp crushed red chili flakes
- Mix all spices together in an air-tight container and you're good to go! If you like more heat, double the red chili flakes or the chili powder (but probably not both, until you've tried it at least once). I normally make a quadruple batch of this, so I multiply everything my four. Do whatever you like, as long as the proportions are the same!