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Use this homemade taco seasoning mix and forget the packets

Use this versatile taco seasoning mix instead of packets.
Photo by Jason Bahr

This recipe makes a great substitute for commercial packets of taco seasoning, especially if you're watching salt or carbs or cooking gluten free. You can often buy spice bottles for a dollar or less when they go on sale at Walgreens or CVS. You can get a much better spice selection with slightly higher prices at Trader Joe's.


4 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dehydrated onion flakes
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt or to taste
4 tsp black pepper or to taste


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion, cayenne, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Suggested use: Brown and chop one pound of ground beef. Drain excess fat. Add 3/4 cup water and 3 tbsp taco mix. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.

Serve on taco shells or as part of a yummy taco salad.

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