I don’t think I need to try to convince you that tacos are a good thing in your life, right? I mean, TACOS.
That should say it all. I do want to persuade you, however, that you should be making your own Spicy Taco Seasoning to flavour the meat or filling you add to your tacos. Why? In a word; control.
Cooking is a control freak’s game. I make no apologies about that.
It is a haven safe of rest for those of us who like to know exactly what’s going into food for whichever reason we like to know it. Dietary concerns, pure knowledge for the sake of knowledge, food aversions, and food allergies are among the many and varied reasons you may want to take the 2 minutes it requires to whip up your own Spicy Taco Seasoning.
The bonuses here, as you may have already guessed, are that it is endlessly customizable and just plain tastes better and fresher than the little foil lined packets at the store. Plus, it’s fun.
There’s another fringe benefit to consider, too, and that is that when you whip up a batch of this smoky, garlicky, Spicy Taco Seasoning, you have a bountiful supply of taco goodness that you can sprinkle over popcorn, into Taco Soup and Taco Joes, and so much more.
My kids have even sprinkled it over fried eggs from time to time! I have a recipe coming up soon for Taco Ranch Dressing that you won’t want to miss, either! It’s clear we’re cuckoo for tacos, are you a taco maniac, too??
Spicy Taco Seasoning
Kosher salt is my preference for almost all cooking. The grains of salt measure most evenly and have no additives or anti-clumping materials that give them off or metallic flavours.
A word about the variety of chili powders used in my Spicy Taco Seasoning. There are three.
There is a reason for that. Each of those chili powders has a special set of characteristics. New Mexico Chili Powder is earthy and sweet with a hint of cherry flavour to it.
Ancho Chili Powder has a very mild heat and is another sweet, fruity pepper, but is different than the New Mexico Chili Powder. Chipotle is distinctive and brings most of the spice to the party that is this Spicy Taco Seasoning.
It is a darker brown and has an intriguing smokiness to it with hints of plum and chocolate. It’s amazing stuff, in short, and should not be skipped.
Putting all three of these chili powders together gives your Spicy Taco Seasoning an amazing depth of flavour. If you HAVE to skip one, though, skip the Ancho and augment the amount of New Mexico Chili Powder or Chipotle Chili Powder by a tablespoon.
Please use granulated garlic and not garlic powder. Garlic powder has a finer, flour like texture making it a little clumpier and less precise for measuring.
Granulated Garlic is a little more like fine cornmeal and resists clumping in the Spicy Taco Seasoning. The same holds true for Granulated Onion vs. onion powder.
How much Spicy Taco Seasoning should you use when making taco meat? Well, that’s sort of up to you, but a good rule of thumb is to start with about 2 tablespoons of Spicy Taco Seasoning per pound of ground meat. If you’d like it to be a little punchier, you can certainly up that amount!
Spicy Taco SeasoningRate Recipe
- 4 tablespoons New Mexico Chili Powder
- 4 tablespoons granulated onion
- 3 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon Chipotle chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Store in an airtight container with a lid, such as a canning jar.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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This post was originally published January 11, 2016 and updated February 2018.
Nice recipe. I can not find the the new mexico/anaheim powder anywhere in my city. I do have the ancho and chipotle though. How could I augment this recipe with only those 2?
gerry speirs says
All the best flavors are in here!
I love this stuff!
Meseidy Rivera says
I love to make my own seasoning mixes!
YES! They’re always the best, aren’t they?
Cookin Canuck says
“Yes!” a thousand times over to homemade taco seasoning! You just can’t beat it.
Amen! Love the homemade seasoning!
Jennifer Farley says
What a great mixture! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Jennifer! I keep huge quantities of this around because we actually put it on a ton of stuff.
Jennifer Blake says
I’ve been thinking of finding a homemade taco seasoning. My kids love taco night and this way I never have to worry about if I have the packet on hand…
That’s so true, Jennifer! I love having it on hand for everything!
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
Tacos are life, and this beats any store bought mix any day!
Sarah L Olson-Rosenbaum says
I have another homemade recipe for taco season, but will definitely try this one next time we make tacos. Thanks Rebecca!
The seasoning was great.. I’ll be using this for awhile!! I used lime with mine!!
I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for the nice star rating!
Really good seasoning!! I’ll be using this for awhile… I used lime as well!!
OK….almost a year later and have to say how much we love this. I love making my own spice blends. Making tacos again tonight. People, MAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so glad you love it. Thank you for taking the time to tell me!
Can’t believe my local grocery store had the New Mexico chili powder. This is on the to-do list. Love making my own mixes for all the reasons you listed. Tacos always make me think of my niece. When she was little, she would come and spend the weekend with me and my husband. Tacos were always on the menu, as I knew she would eat them! She says she associates tacos with being at my house. She is now in her 30’s…. Oh…. I did mention that she is my OLDER brother’s daughter, right….teehee Thanks for the memories along with the recipe.