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  • by Natasha Haynes/MSU Extension Center

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning


Don’t you hate reaching into the cabinet for that little packet of taco seasoning only to find you forgot to buy any?

Save yourself an extra trip to the store and mix up your own taco seasoning! Most seasoning mixes are a combination of salt, herbs, and spices. You can adjust your mix to your flavor preferences. If you like it hot, add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. If you’re watching your sodium, cut back on the salt. Do you love complex flavors? Try adding powdered oregano to your mix. Making your own seasoning mixes also helps give you peace of mind if you or someone in your family is allergic to gluten or MSG, which can sometimes turn up in spice mixes.

Here is the recipe we used, but you’ll find many more options on Pinterest.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1/2 cup chili powder 1/4 cup onion powder 2 tablespoon ground cumin 2 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoon kosher (or sea) salt 1 tablespoon black pepper

Mix together and store in air-tight jar. Makes nearly one cup.

2 tablespoons equals 1 store-bought packet


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