Friday, April 29, 2011

Taco Seasoning - Mild

Last year when I found out that my go-to store bought brand of taco seasoning had whey in it, I wanted to cry.

You see, at the time, taco’s were my family’s please-all-meal. Everyone LOVED them and because of the DIY style of a taco, I didn’t have to cook separate meals will allergen exclusions for my kids. Life was good with tacos…until I pealed back the label and read that my taco seasoning had whey.

I was frustrated and rather than go looking for a solution I just scratched taco’s off the menu. I was sick and tiered of all the juggling. That is why I was so surprised when I came across this recipe for Taco Seasoning on Annie’s Eats. Seriously, I have no idea how I stumbled across this recipe. It just appeared on my browser one day and sat there, asking me nicely to take it home. So I did and taco night has been reinstated on the family dinner menu. Yippee!

Now in case you don’t know, Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. I’m sure you are going to be seeing a LOT of Mexican dishes that you are going to want to try. Keep this recipe tucked in your back pocket, I have a feeling you are going to need it.

Taco Seasoning - mild


4 Tbsp chili powder
3 Tbsp plus 1 tsp paprika
3 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp, onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all of the spices together in a small, sealable dish or plastic baggie and keep it stored in the spice cupboard until needed.
  2. To spice 1 lb of taco meat, use 2 heaping tablespoons of taco seasoning with 1 cup of water. Simmer over low heat until the liquid is almost completely reduced.

Notes: 2 heaping tablespoons = 1 measure of store bought seasoning.



Unknown said...

I saw this over there and I was intruiged. Now I think I must try it! I'm glad you found my brownie post amusing! lol My boys are the only 2 grandkids ON BOTH we have A LOT of leftover candy. I baked it up and sent it with hubby to work :) hee hee!

Spicegirl said...

I LOVE making my own taco seasoning. A million times better than store bought. And I completely forgot about Cinco de Mayo. We will be gone that weekend, so I think we'll have to celebrate Diez or Once de Mayo. Because if there's anything I love, it's Mexican food.

Once again, awesome pics.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Don't you hate when they discontinue favorites? I've been known to drive miles and miles to get products I love...not so practical now with gas prices! This is similar to a taco seasoning I've made...sooooo good!!! Thanks for sharing yours~

Anonymous said...

Wow! I never knew how to make taco seasoning. I'm definitely going to try this and tell my mom about it too, she's always making taco dip and buying that stuff with who knows what in it. Yay!

Trac said...

Awesome, I've been wanting to make a mix of taco seasoning. All the store bought ones are loaded with sodium. Thank You! Can't wait to try it.

Trac said...

Trying this tonight, yay!

Trac said...

Went over very well. I decided to make a jar full. I doubled the recipe so I'll be good for a while. THANKS Gwen.

Apron Appeal said...

That was brave Trac...what if you didn't like it?

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