A lot of the commercial taco seasoning packets contain gluten and other chemical ingredients for preservatives and who knows what else. I find the store-bought seasonings are also usually high in salt yet low on flavor. I like making my own seasoning because I can control the ingredients and the flavor is so much better. Yes, I am ‘one of those’ people.
This recipe calls for 3 teaspoons of salt. I used Himalayan pink sea salt because that’s the first sea salt I grabbed when throwing this together. You can use any kind of sea salt or even kosher salt if you prefer. If you’re following a low-sodium diet you can reduce the amount of salt to your own needs and I am confident the flavor will still be amazing.
Commercial taco seasoning packets usually contain a thickener so that your ‘taco meat’ mixture thickens. If your recipe needs a bit of thickening I’d add a bit of cornstarch to your taco seasoning before mixing it into whatever you’re cooking.
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 4½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 3 teaspoons sea salt
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a cool dark place in tightly-sealed in a glass jar.