Homemade Taco Seasoning

We eat Mexican food a lot at my house, tacos, taco salad, taco soup, navajo tacos etc.  We use a lot of taco seasoning.  I've been making my own taco seasoning for a while now.  I used to buy the big containers of it at Sam's Club, but not any more.  This recipe tastes so much better!

It's also nice to know what ingredients I'm sprinkling into my taco meat.  No unnecessary additives or preservatives here.  My favorite ingredient in this seasoning is smoked paprika.  If you don't have any smoked paprika, you should go buy some.  It has a heavenly "BBQ" and smoky smell and taste.  Delicious!

I also love making my own onion soup mix, fajita seasoning and homemade ranch dressing.  There's something satisfying about making your own seasonings instead of opening up a packet. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients together well.  Store in a airtight container.

Use 2.5 tablespoons dry mix in place of one 1.25 envelope of store bought taco seasoning.

*I usually quadrauple this recipe. 

Recipe source:  recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and AllRecipes