If you love tacos, chances are you've used Old El Paso taco seasoning before. But what's in the Old El Paso taco seasoning mix? And can you make your own taco seasoning at home? In this blog post, we'll answer those questions and share a recipe for homemade taco seasoning.
Homemade Taco Seasoning:
In my home we eat tacos often. We love the traditional Mexican food, and add Tex-Mex favorites, but I also put my own spin on a lot of recipes.
Whether it be Easy Taco Casserole, Chilli Con Carne, Dutch Oven Taco Soup or Chicken Enchiladas with Poblano Sauce we always have something cooking that we can use some extra taco seasoning in. All of these recipes will make your family happy it is Taco Tuesday.
Making My Own Seasonings:
One of my favorite reasons for making my own Homemade Taco Seasoning is that I have switched over to all organic non-GMO spices. With using my own mixes, I don't have to worry about what is in those store bought mixes that I used to buy.
Plus with a pouch, I only have what's in the pouch! If I need more, I'm out of luck. With my friend Karen's recipe she kindly shared with me, I made own Homemade Taco Seasoning and put it in a Ball Mason Jar to keep it fresh. I was thinking– this would also make for a great gift idea for a housewarming gift, or a new mom. This completely fill a 10oz mason jar but we recommend using a 16oz to premix it in because there will be no room to shake it, or you can premix in a bowl.
Making your own seasonings in bulk also allows me to see how much I have left and I can use as little or as much as I need. Now and then I find out my son or daughters are coming over last minute and I need to stretch the recipe that I am making for dinner.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients To Buy
- Chili powder
- Sea Salt
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper (optional) or chili pepper
Make sure you sore your ingredients in an airtight container.
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When buying store bought seasonings make sure you check product labels, some contain gluten or other allergens and check in the bulk spices to save money. When I buy the Old El Paso seasoning I buy a large size. I like it because it does not have what added to it. They have their ingredients listed as:
Chili Pepper, Corn Starch, Salt, Maltodextrin, Spice, Sea Salt (potassium magnesium chloride, salt). Contains 2% or less of: Onion*, Vegetable Oil (high oleic canola and/or soybean oil), Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Garlic*, Silicon Dioxide (anticaking agent).
How to Cook Taco Meat with Taco seasoning
If you stock your pantry with items like taco shells, original taco seasoning mix, flour tortillas or gluten free tortillas made from corn flour. You can shop your refrigerator for other items you have on hand, and have tacos ready in a pinch! Think beyond ground beef. You can cook chicken breast in the crockpot with salsa and taco seasoning. When it is cooked through you can shred it for Chicken Tinga tacos. Next time you cook a pot roast shred a big batch of the meat with a little bit of your favorite barbeque sauce and some taco seasoning (my family thinks this is the best taco meat!). Then top it with coleslaw or crispy onion straws.
The possibilities are endless with a great recipe and a great seasoning you can never run out of taco ideas and great meal options. Try one today!
Homemade Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Ingredients
- 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- To fill a 10oz Ball Mason Jar:
- 15 teaspoon cumin
- 10 tablespoon chili powder
- 10 teaspoon sea salt
- 10 teaspoon black pepper
- 5 teaspoon garlic powder
- 5 teaspoon onion powder
- 5 teaspoon dried oregano
- 5 teaspoon paprika
- 5 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- Mix Ingredients in a bowl or Mason jar.
- I use (2) Tablespoons of seasoning per 1lb of hamburger meat
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