I happened upon a Pinterest “pin” a few months ago for DIY taco seasoning. And so this weekend, when I craved last-minute tacos for dinner, I dug a chicken breast out of the freezer and put the recipe to work.
It comes from a blog called “Smells Like Home,” whose author adapted the recipe from Delish and allrecipes.
Read on for the details.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 to 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp ground cumin
3 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
To my surprise, I had all the ingredients right in my spice rack. I subbed onion flakes for onion powder, but it tasted fabulous to me. You use 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of mix per 1-pound of meat, and mix it in with about a cup of water. Voila — taco meat. Add some shells or tortillas, a little cheese and all your preferred fixings.
Making your own seasoning allows you to control what’s in it — spices — and what’s not — preservatives, way too much salt, etc. You can amp up the spice factor with more red pepper flakes or nix them altogether if you’re serving kids.
I store mine in a mason jar, but any airtight container will work. Bon appetit!