We eat tacos a lot in our house. Taco Tuesday anybody? Actually, I’ve never intentionally had tacos on Tuesday. But, several years ago, I found I alway had a headache after taco diners. One day, I read the package and found the culprit, MSG (monosodium glutamate). It’s in every single taco seasoning packet I could get my hands on.
I couldn’t give up my beloved tacos, nor could the family. So, I decided to make my own taco seasoning. I tweaked and combined until I found what we liked.
All of these black lid spices are $1 at our local store. And, I can get the cumin there, too, but I have this big container. And the sugar is missing because, it’s in a giant container. Which means it’s so much cheaper to make your own, and of course it tastes better and you know what’s in it!
I usually make this up in triplicate and store it in a sealed and dry container. These glass containers are great for storing your homemade taco seasoning. We go through it fast enough that it doesn’t spoil.
And, the secret ingredient for amazing tacos?
Tomato sauce (not water like those nasty-headache packets). For every pound of ground beef, I use 3 Tablespoons of this mix and one small can of tomato sauce. It brings out the seasoning and gives it just the right consistency. Try it!
Have you ever made your own taco seasoning? What is your favorite topping or secret ingredient?
The best homemade taco seasoning and a secret ingredient
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Measure and combine all ingredients into an airtight container.
- Stir or shake well to mix.
- Use 3T of mix per pound of browned ground beef.
- The secret ingredient: Add one small can of tomato sauce to cooked meat and allow to simmer 5 minutes.