taco-seasoning-recipe

I use a lot of taco seasoning.  I mean A LOT!  Not only do I use it regularly for my own family, but I also make taco soup 2-4 times a month for festivals, classes or friends.  I used to buy premixed taco seasoning in a big jar at Sam’s Club; but when they switched to a brand that wasn’t gluten free, I decided it was finally time to make my own.  Although no one in my home is gluten intolerant (that we know of), I prefer to use gluten free ingredients whenever possible for the events that I provide samples for.

Buying the packets of taco seasoning NEVER makes financial sense because they’re SO overpriced.  But when I recently did the math I found out that buying the spices for making taco seasoning in bulk comes out to a little less than buying the bulk taco seasoning…one more way to save a little!

The two ingredients that I always want in my taco seasoning are cumin and paprika, it just doesn’t taste right without them!  Of course you also need some garlic and onion powder and some peppers for heat.  After tweaking my portions a few times, this is now my go to recipe for homemade taco seasoning.

We like ours very spicy, so I use 1/4 cup of seasoning for a pound of ground beef or turkey.  If you don’t want it too spicy just use 1/8 of a cup.  I know packet seasoning directions say to use water when making your taco meat, but I just stir the spices into the ground beef about half way through the cooking time.

I’m curious, do you use store bought taco seasoning, homemade taco seasoning, or season everything as you go?

homemade-taco-seasoning-recipe

Gluten Free Taco Seasoning Recipe

Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 3 minutes
Yield: about 1 and 1/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup
    chili powder
  • 1 TBS
    garlic powder
  • 1 TBS
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBS
    dried oregano
  • 2 TBS
    paprika
  • 1/4 cup
    cumin
  • 1/4 cup
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup
    pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container.
  2. Use 1/8-1/4 cup mixed into each pound of ground meat.
Approximate cost/serving: By getting my spices in bulk I end up paying about $1.50 for this recipe.  That’s just 15-30 cents per serving.
Vegetarian/gluten free: Yes to both.

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