Homemade taco seasoning.

We enjoy Mexican food in this house once a week if not every couple weeks so taco seasoning is a regular item we pick up from the grocery store (Lawry’s brand). There are few things worse than canceling our taco plans because we don’t have any seasoning in the cupboard. Well last time we were at the grocery I knew we didn’t have taco seasoning at home (it was on the list), but walking through the spice section I was like nah, I’ll just make it myself. I’d been wanting to make chimichanga’s for several days and needed something to spice up the beef (grass fed beef of course). Time for homemade taco seasoning! It was actually quite simple, I used the first recipe I found online from AllRecipes.com which had a five star rating (or close too) out of about 1,600 reviews. That’s usually a good sign. I had most of the spices here except for crushed red pepper flakes which I know we have somewhere but I haven’t seen ’em in a while and I didn’t really want ’em in there for little Z’s sake. The seasoning came out pretty hot so she still couldn’t eat any meat that had been seasoned anyway, but I always set aside some with just salt and pepper for her anyway, just in case. It wasn’t quite as good as Lawry’s but when I looked at the ingredients of Lawry’s it had sugar and cocoa powder in it. It does add a little more sweetness to it so I’ll most likely be messing around with adding those two ingredients next time as well. Maybe add a little sugar yourself when you make it. If it works out better for my taste I’ll update this recipe here.

The goods baby, they look so nice together, all those wonderful spices.

The oven baked chimichangas were awesome. Homemade tortillas, corn and peas mixed into the beef and spices, refried beans, yum. I’ll be making these next time we have Mexican and do an official post with the recipe etc. They were lacking enchilada sauce and I might have crisped them up just a few minutes more in the oven. Don’t get me wrong, they were nice and crispy but we were super hungry and didn’t have the patience nor the stomach for experimenting with baking times. Z loved it and ate the whole thing. It works well for kids because the baked tortillas harden/seal it up so there’s less bottom drop out (mess).

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Use either half or all of it for one lb. meat or fish (about 5 calories). I used half to start and it wasn’t super strong on flavor but was pretty spicy. I think I’ll try the whole thing the next time. I would start with half though as all tastes are different. Recipe altered from AllRecipes.com.

Note: Stubbydogs comment below states that chipotle is hotter than regular chili powder so if you want that chipotle flavor use a mix of 1 t. chipotle chili powder and two t. regular. Thanks Stubbydog!

1 T. chili powder (I used chipotle)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes (I didn’t have, didn’t use)
1/4 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. paprika
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
about 1 t. (or more/less to your taste) sucanat sugar, I use the Rapunzel brand rapadura sugar, I think it’s slightly less refined. Both can be found at Whole Foods Market. Or regular white granulated sugar.
1/2 t. cocoa powder
1 t. sea salt
1 t. black pepper

Combine all spices and mix well. Store in an air tight container. I used a zip lock bag and let Z shake the crap out of it to mix it. Use what I needed and tossed the bag into the cabinet for next time.

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  1. Pat
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the recipe. I was looking for something that didn’t have MSG in it and it will be better to make my own and be sure.

  2. Stubbydog
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    Just fyi, it was that spicy because chipotle chili powder is quite a bit hotter than regular chili powder. If you use regular chili powder (or a mix, I’d maybe try 1 tsp chipotle and 2 tsp regular) it wouldn’t be as spicy.

  3. Posted August 24, 2010 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Pat – Homemade is they way to go! I didn’t even know the packets had MSG. I’ll be looking out for that.

  4. Posted August 24, 2010 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Stubbydog – Love the name Stubbydog. Thanks for the info, I was wondering why it was so freaking hot. I just love the taste of chipotle but wouldn’t have thought it would be more spicy. Good to know. I appreciate you taking the time to speak up. I’ll definitely go with your recommendation next time.

  5. jessica
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    i’m trying this tonight. i am msg free and just about every packet out there has it. thanks for the recipe.

  6. Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Jessica – Use a little sugar and even a little cocoa powder. like a t. of sugar and 1/2 t. cocoa powder or more if you like. It makes it a ton better. I added those two additional ingredients after I looked on the back of the Lawry’s package. After I added these new ingredients it was perfect. I’m adding that to the recipe now!

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