Spicy Taco Seasoning
Our Test Kitchen developed this spicy, salt-free alternative to packaged taco seasoning. Stir it into dips or ground beef, sprinkle on chicken or wherever you want a Southwestern flair.
Our Test Kitchen developed this spicy, salt-free alternative to packaged taco seasoning. Stir it into dips or ground beef, sprinkle on chicken or wherever you want a Southwestern flair.
Very good mix. The first time I used the mix I followed the recipe as written. From there I decided that a tiny bit of salt (1/4 tsp) brought the flavors together better. Given that the tiny amount of salt was divided between the mountain of tacos I made, I didn't feel guilty about changing the recipe at all. I trusted fate and used the entire mixture with 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey (we don't eat red meat) and it was just the perfect amount of spice, without setting anyone's mouth on fire.Read More
This recipe is a great start, but since my chili powder is pure I added about 1/2 tsp of garlic salt (though regular salt could be used - we just love garlic!). I also put in 3-4 tsp of paprika. The paprika is really necessary if you want the fullness of taste that you find in a package mix.Read More
Very good mix. The first time I used the mix I followed the recipe as written. From there I decided that a tiny bit of salt (1/4 tsp) brought the flavors together better. Given that the tiny amount of salt was divided between the mountain of tacos I made, I didn't feel guilty about changing the recipe at all. I trusted fate and used the entire mixture with 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey (we don't eat red meat) and it was just the perfect amount of spice, without setting anyone's mouth on fire.
This is the texture that I have been looking for! We love the Chi Chi's fiesta restaurante seasoning, but can no longer get it around here in MI. I have been trying to come up with my own, and was basically using the same ingredients as this recipe except for the cornstarch. That's what was missing! I followed this recipe this time around to a T and we all really liked it.
I found this to be very flavorful...when you add some salt, hence the 4 stars; otherwise this would have been 5 stars. I found this entire batch only yielded one standard recipe (when used with a pound of meat/chicken), so next time I'll probably make 4 times the amount so I can keep some extra on hand. For my recipe of tacos, I add the entire contents of this recipe, plus 1/2 tsp. salt and 3/4 c. water to my meat. Came out great!
almost like mine i have home made shells to go with it easiest to remember if you want it 1 c flour 1 c corn meal 2 eggs 3 - 4 cups cold water mix all together and make like crepes gotta try them with your mixture
So many recipes call for taco seasoning packets, but I try not to eat the MSG and other artificial ingredients in packaged seasonings. This recipe is even better than the pre-packaged ingredients, and I love that I know everything that's in it!
This is the recipe we use now for tacos, since with my food allergies most commercial packets are not ok. While this is supposed to be salt free, I found adding 1 tsp of salt made this the best taco seasoning.
This recipe is a great start, but since my chili powder is pure I added about 1/2 tsp of garlic salt (though regular salt could be used - we just love garlic!). I also put in 3-4 tsp of paprika. The paprika is really necessary if you want the fullness of taste that you find in a package mix.
I used more cayenne pepper than called for just because I am a heat freak! I can safely say I will never buy another "packet" at the grocery store again. I used it with a pound and a half of ground chicken breast and added about a half cup of water and simmered it til the water was absorbed. This recipe is definately a keeper!
Great mix, much better than what you buy in the stores. I omit the oregano, just don't think I'd like it in the mix.
This is great and no msg, additives or chemicals!!
Fabulous recipe for "Taco Seasoning"! This is much better than the packaged stuff and what's really great is it's "salt free"! This recipe is perfect as is, but I love to play with stuff so I subbed paprika for the oregano and upped the cayenne a bit and added a little ancho chili powder. Wow! This is perfect to store in a mini tupperware container along with my other spice mixes to have on hand. Great for tacos, seasoning chicken, throwing into chili or nachos, or anything else you can think of adding it into that might need a bit of spice!
Wonderful! I didn't use the cornstarch and added fresh onoins instead of dried but it was a great base recipe!
This was perfect! I will definitely use it from now on. I did add a tsp. of seal salt, but other than that, I remained true to the recipe. I total replacement for those preservative filled packets.
Trying to infuse flavor into some of our dishes as vegetarians can sometimes be difficult. This taco seasoning is a flavorful combination of spices that when mixed with protein meat substitute, for burritos, even made my non-vegetarian son sing songs of praise.
Excellent, won't be buying the packaged stuff anymore for sure!
Family loved this. I didn't like it as well as my fav (Bill Echols), but it was still really good. I used 1 lb. of ground beef and about 3/4 c water then cooked over medium til water gone.
I usually just forgo any recipe that calls for a seasoning packet. I used this for the "throw together mexican casserole" on this site. It was perfect! will definitely use this for any recipe that calls for taco seasoning! thank you!!
This is easily the best taco seasoning I have ever tasted.
Great recipe! Kids loved it! I double the batch and used half for tacos. I omitted the cornstarch in the second batch and added light brown sugar to make a steak rub. It was great! Thanks!
Wonderful. Who needs store bought seasonings? I made this when I didn't have any store bought seasonings & I don't think I will every buy them again.
Only giving this 4 stars because I make changes. I reduce the chili powder to 2 tsp and increase the cumin to 2 tsp. And I don't use the cornstarch. I've been using this recipe for over a year now and will never buy the mix again. Thanks for helping me save a little $$.
mmmm tasty! i really enjoyed this!
I love the flavor of this! However the # of servings throws me off! It says 36 servings, each being 1/4 tsp. If you were to say a serving of meat is 3-4 ounces then this would be enough seasoning for nearly 7lbs of meat? I find that its closer to 1 1/2 lbs of well seasoned meat.
Thanks!! You really saved me. I started to make Taco Soup and didnt have Taco Seasoning on hand. *sigh. I did have all the spices allready and now we dont have to make an emergency run to the store. My husband thanks you.
After combining all my ingredients, I pulverized them using my Magic Bullet. They're all blended and of uniform size, great to sprinkle on our meats for taco/fajita night! Also great in rice. Always on hand.
I see no reason in buying the packaged stuff anymore! I did have to add just a pinch of salt but it was so good I made a triple batch to save.
Just perfect! Just the right amount of kick and if you like things spicier, you could easily increase the red pepper flakes or the chili powder slightly. I am going to mix up a big batch and seal it in snack size bags to have on hand.
tyvm u guys are great! Making tacos....didnt have enough seasoning n didnt have to make a trip to the store. This was perfect..will never buy store bought again.
Something was definitely missing from this... I'll keep looking.
Not bad. I upped the amount of oregano. To make the taco meat, I mixed this with 3/4 cup of taco sauce and poured it into the browned meat.
I agree with everyone else, it did need salt. Other than that great flavors!
I'm glad I found this recipe. I hate buying those expensive little packets! Tasted wonderful and not hard to put together at all! **UpDate** I've used this recipe several times now. On Beef, Hamburger, and chicken. Wonderful flavor again and again. I do use the whole recipe for 1-1 1/2 pounds of meat. Another thing I have done is add almost a teaspoon of salt.
very good substitute for store bought taco seasoning. didn't make any changes.
This was good and spicy. I didn't add the cornstarch because I don't know what purpose it serves.
This is great taco seasoning! Worked very well with chicken, I think it would be excellent on fajitas too.
made as written. it was okay. I did pep it up with some salt and added some paprika after reading some of the other reviews. won't have to buy taco seasoning from the store again
This is my go to recipe for taco seasoning. I love it and always have the ingredients on hand. I also love that there is no salt. I avoid salt and usually leave it out of recipes. A lot of times I will skip the garlic powder and just cook garlic in with the meat instead. You should not skip the oregano. It sounds wierd but really works well in this recipe. I'm so glad never to have to use a packet again.
this was good but felt like something was missing. added red hot to find that "something". On another random note it gave us some crazy gas, but then I suppose all mexican does lol
I think I actually like this better then the store bought packages! This was very easy and I always like recipes that I can add my own to.
Excellent combination of spices. We use this making our spanish rice, tacos, burritos, actually anything where you want a nice flavor. Even a 8 yr. old girl, who doesn't like spicy tastes, said she liked her taco made with this.
I used 1# of ground beef and it was perfect.This is by far the BEST taco seasoning i have ever had. commercial seasoning always taste like chili powder, it's overwhelming to me. They say a good recipe is one where you can taste all the different ingredients, well this is it! I did add a few shakes of garlic salt to mine because i like salt. But even without the changes it's wonderful recipe. Thanks Taste of Home.
P E R F E C T ! Double, triple, quadruple it and store in glass jar.
Good! Easy way to give a good taco flavor.
Used this minus the dried minced onion and cornstarch to season my meat for taco soup because I was out of store bought taco seasoning. Worked great!!!
Made this tonight and my husband and I just LOVED it! We will not buy the pre-packaged mixes again.
We stopped buying the little packages since using this recipe. We do add sea salt and the hottest NM chile we have on hand whenever we make another batch.
This worked great! I used it to make slow cooker taco soup when I realized that I didn't have a package of taco seasoning in the pantry. I didn't have dried minced onion, so I used 1 1/4 tsp. of onion powder instead.
This taco seasoning is just like the package stuff, but without the salt. This is a great enhancement to store bought. In addition, it feels good to say that the seasoning is home made vs. package. This seasoning keeps well. Just add salt to your liking.
Excellent, healthy, and inexpensive! Made as written, with a little extra cayenne pepper.
I didn't have minced onion or cornstarch and it still turned out great! I did have onion to add to the meat. Just as good as the packets without the salt and super easy!
This worked so well - I won't buy taco seasoning again!
Decent but not as good as store bought.
Thank you so much for this recipe. I will never buy another taco seasoning packet from the store again.
My family loves this taco seasoning. I don't ever buy it from the store anymore! Great!
I too liked this recipe although I agree that it needed salt. I did add a little bit more cumin because I wanted it a little more seasoned. Next time I will use flour instead of cornstarch because the cornstarch sucked up all the water I added before I was able to bring it to simmer. Overall, very flavorful! Thanks!
add 1 tsp salt
Loved it, perfect for me... Added some flower to fit my taste for texture, but I loved it. It has become a weekly staple in my diet!
This is a great alternative to the sodium packed store packets. We have used this on chicken and ground beef for taco night, by cooking the meat with the seasoning and 2/3 cup of water.
Very flavorful - we use his mixture whenever we make tacos - sometimes we add it to refried beans or other meals too. Love it.
I used it to season 1 lb of ground beef. It was totally bland. I added salt and a can of tomato sauce to make it palatable but it still wasn't very good. There is another taco seasoning recipe on the site, can't think of which one right now, that is MUCH better.
Easy and very good....used in Mexican Turkey Burgers from this site which I actually made out of extra lean ground chicken instead of turkey.
I love that this is a salt free seasoning mix. It has good flavor, and you can easily adjust the chili powder to suit personal taste. My 4yo has a very sensitive mouth, and can't take any hot spicy food. I've made this a few times, and my only change is that I add 4 tsp of garlic powder to suit my family's tastes. Great recipe. :o)
It was the greatest taco seasoning i've ever tasted plus no salt i loved it. i used the whole thing with a 1-1/2lb of ground turkey great will make this alot. thanks
This is the best taco seasoning mix I've tried. I do usually add more chili powder, but other than that, I stay true to the recipe. I scale it up to 108 servings and then quadruple that to get enough to make two 15 pound batches of turkey taco meat.
This is perfect. Used this when I found out at the last minute I didn't have the little packets. But, I may never use the packets again. This worked great on ground turkey.
Very easy and quick to throw together. I used red pepper flakes in place of cayenne. This was good, I will use this recipe again.
CORNSTARCH!!! That's what I've been missing. I refuse to use pre-packaged spice mixes as they are mostly salt. But the texture of my experiements has been so soupy. Thank you for this recipe :)
Good but it is missing something.
Yum. I love making homemade instead of buying the packages. I did use a little salt. This is great!
A bit on the bland side, I used 1lb of beef (I assume that is what the recipe is intended to make?). Might just be because it is missing the salt though which commerical mixes are loaded with. This is definetly a lot better for you.
As others have mentioned, this recipe is perfect with the addition of about 1/2t of salt. Although I love spicy food, my younger kids don't. This is not spicy as written and just right for them. The recipe says "36 servings" but I used the entire recipe the same way I would use one store-bought packet--about 1.5lbs of meat. Thanks for a healthier alternative to store-bought packets filled with "who knows what!"
Oh, I'm loving this. Better than the prepackaged seasoning mix, easily made with spices I already in my cupboard, and cheaper. Score!
This is the only taco seasoning my family will eat now - it's a keeper! I prefer cooking fresh onion and garlic with the meat and omit the garlic powder and minced onion. I do add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to bring out the flavors a little, which is still a lot less sodium than the packets.
Yumm! I combined all the ingredients in my mortar and pestle and crushed away! I must say it does indeed need salt which is why I only gave it 4 stars. Other than that don't be scared to put oregano in it as it gives a unique flavor :)
A great salt-free alternative. I mix this 3-to-1 with the low-salt version I buy at the supermarket. My family finds even the low-salt version too salty, and we find this recipe a little bland. So, by mixing 1 pouch from the store with 3 batches of this recipe, I've come up with a great combination.
Easy, Awesomeness. No more buying store packets that have weird ingredients.
Good flavor and very easy. Definitely no trouble for a spice collector like me (you don't want to know how many spices I have!) but even if you don't have a ton of spices most people have these. Thanks for the recipe!
Great recipe, my son is allergic to MSG and I can avoid it by making my own.
Just ok for us. This didn't make enough for 1 lb. of ground beef. DEFINITELY needs salt.
Love this! Better than what you can buy in the package.
I thought it was ok. That could be because I am used to the salt in the packages from the store. That is what was missing for me. The cornstarch was a great idea.
This is great. I am on a sodim reduced diet so I at least know that no extra salt (other that what may be in the chili powder) is added. Tastes great too.
Thanks for this recipe. Didn't have a mix and found this. Worked great! Won't have to worry about having a mix any longer!
This was a nice taco seasoning, even my 7 month old enjoyed it when she grabbed some off of my plate! I did sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt on top but couldn't taste that it was in there, so I would probably follow the recipe exactly next time. It was spicier than I expected, but not in a bad way and my toddler and preschooler both enjoyed it as well. My husband ate 5 tacos, he loved it!
I used this in the Salsa Biscuit Chicken recipe from this web site. It seemed to work well. I like being able to make my own taco seasoning instead of buying it at the store!
I cooked this for hubby with a few changes. I used fresh garlic, 3 cloves minced and 1/4 minced onion sauted in 2 tablespoons vegtable broth, then browned 1 lb. meat in same pan. I add taco seasoning 1/2 cup broth to browned meat and simmered for 10 mnutes. We had seconds and leftovers. Great the next day.
Great taco taste and no salt! The best!
followed receipt wife and I loved ( wife said smelled super when making ) be careful with the red pepper I tended to round the measuring a touch go ahead but not on the red pepper until you have tried it once the recipe is really accurate.
I was in the mood for tacos, but my husband is on a low sodium diet. I am always looking at the products to see what the sodium content is. Well package seasoning is really high! I came across this and just had to try it... well ... THIS WAS AWESOME! Made it with ground turkey and used whole wheat wraps. I mixed with 3/4 cup of water and let simmer for about 15 minutes on low heat. The only different thing I used was onion powder instead of dried minced.
Love this recipe for tacos/enchilada/burritos!!! We haven't bought a pack of taco seasoning since I found this recipe!
Wonderful mix of spices. I'm done buying the package mixes!
Made this without the cayenne and it was perfect.
We loved this recipe! It is definitely only for 1-1.5 lbs of ground beef and we mixed it with 1/3c of water before mixing it with the beef. We didn't have any garlic powder so we used garlic salt with the same measurement. We will be using this again!
I make this exactly as the recipe states, minus the chili pepper. I have had this recipe a couple of years now and will never buy a packaged mix again! I can add salt later if I need it later.
I also liked this a lot, but I loved it with a Tbsp of cornMEAL instead of cornstarch, plus a good amount of citric acid (canning aisle or middle eastern store) for a wake-up-the-tastebuds zip. Lemon would probably be a substitute for citric acid. It made so much difference. You can get a real great variation without the oregano too. Great recipe.
Such a great recipe and super easy. Definitely better than buying the stuff from the store. I love that there isn't any salt in the recipe since so often there is a ton in the store bought stuff, and this recipe proves you don't need it.
Very flavorful. Enjoyed it much better than the pre-packaged taco seasoning. Hubby and I had taco salads and it was great! I added the whole mix to a pound of ground beef and it was just right, not sure about the 36 servings? didn't have the minced onion but didn't miss it.