Do you ever decide you’re in the mood for something specific for dinner, but when you start making it, you realize you’re missing one important ingredient.  For me it’s usually a seasoning, condiment or leavening of some sort that I find out I need, but I’m out of.  Taco seasoning would be right up there on that list.  We make so many Southwestern dishes in our home, that we go through a lot of taco seasoning.  That’s why I’m glad it’s so easy to “DIY” it with ingredients I have on hand in my cupboards.  I also like it because I can adjust the heat and the amount of salt in it, depending on what I’m making.

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

This recipe makes 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning.  Most recipes call for one Tablespoon of taco seasoning, unless you’re doubling (or more) your recipe.  Use 1 Tablespoon of this mixture per 1 one ounce package of seasoning that a recipe calls for.

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

If you’re making ground turkey or beef for tacos, use 1 Tablespoon of this seasoning per one pound of meat.  After you brown and drain your meat, add 1/2 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of the taco seasoning, stir and cook till the water is gone (maybe 5 minutes).
*If I’m making a soup or something that has other ingredients in it with a fair amount of salt, I like to leave the salt out of this recipe.

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

Just mix together all the ingredients, and then measure out what you’re going to use.  Store the leftover mixture in an airtight container.

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking
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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Course Seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Tablespoons
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Just mix together all the ingredients and then measure out what you’re going to use. Store the leftover mixture in an airtight container.
  • This recipe makes 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning. Most recipes call for one Tablespoon of taco seasoning, unless you’re doubling (or more) your recipe. Use 1 Tablespoon of this mixture per 1 one ounce package of seasoning that a recipe calls for.
  • If you’re making ground turkey or beef for tacos, use 1 Tablespoon of this seasoning per one pound of meat. After you brown and drain your meat, add 1/2 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of the taco seasoning, stir and cook till the water is gone (maybe 5 minutes).
  • * If I’m making a soup or something that has other ingredients in it with a fair amount of salt, I like to leave the salt out of this recipe.

Easy, peazy right!?  This may keep you from running to the store for taco seasoning!  🙂

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

Here are some of my favorite Southwestern recipes:

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful HomemakingOven Baked Tacos

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Quick and Easy Taco Soup

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful HomemakingLayered Taco Dip

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful HomemakingTaco Casserole

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful HomemakingTaco Spaghetti

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful HomemakingTaco Pizza

DIY Taco Seasoning, Make Your Own Taco Seasoning, Joyful Homemaking

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