Thursday, January 26, 2012

Homemade vs. Store Bought Taco Seasoning

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The decision was made that tacos sounded good for supper. We have all the needed things, but we didn't have taco seasoning. I like to know what is going into my food, and I am also cheap. I would not go to the store to spend up to a dollar on something that I did not know what it was. Now if it was that bad reasoning?
Where did I turn to, but to pinterest! I knew that there were recipes out there for taco seasonings just a matter of finding one.

The recipe that I tried out was the following from $5 dinners.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part ground cumin
  • 1 part garlic powder
  • 1 part onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 part crushed red pepper
 Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container.

Had to go home to see what one of these spices I had received for shower and wedding presents. I have enjoyed having spices that I received from a few people! Gotta love the essentials. I did have everything that the recipe called for. Yay! Well,l I used minced onions for the onion powder...

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I got curious as I was making this, what the store taco seasoning had in it. I checked out Old El Paso's list of ingredients, and this is what it had listed. INGREDIENTS:Maltodextrin, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, spice, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, yellow corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), natural flavor, ethoxyquin (preservative). Any guesses on what part of that is?

The consensus. I thought that the homemade was good, just that I needed to add more than I did. I didn't want it to be overpowering, but will use more next time. I will definitely make the seasoning again!

Have any of you tried your own taco seasoning before? Anybody have any recipes for taco seasoning that you would like to share?


  1. I haven't done Taco but has done a cajun seasoning and bq sauce homemade

  2. Great recipe! I have made my own taco seasoning in the past as well. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  3. I have enjoyed using the things that I have on hand.

  4. I actually just did it tonight for the first time (I think the McCormick version is a little bit better than Old El Paso, fewer weird ingredients, so you could improve just by switching brands in this case.) because I didn't have any of it handy and did a "no measure" version with garlic salt, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, and crushed red pepper which my husband and I thought was really good and my four-year-old liked until she took a pause halfway through and felt the spice on her tongue. She then drank two extra glasses of water and whined a bit about it being "hot." I found this to be very flavorful. I personally like salt in my stuff so having garlic salt rather than garlic powder makes a difference to me.

    1. I usually only buy taco seasoning if I can get it for free. I don't even know what brand I would usually get as it has been a while since I got it free.

      I usually do a no measure version too. Pull out the spices that are included and dump what I want. Glad that you liked it! And that is too cute about your daughter!


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