Taco Seasoning – Our Family’s

My son, in particular, loves tacos. Hard, soft, he doesn’t care, but he has a particular affinity for tacos made from ground beef, and a love of deep rich flavors and some heat.

Our Family's Taco Seasoning
Our Family’s Taco Seasoning

When he was just a child, we developed this seasoning together one night, then played with it over the years. It harkens back to Mexican Picadillo – and we like it much better than the standard Taco Seasoning from the store. It’s rather uniquely flavored. It’s basic and not hot, so try it once and up the amount of cayenne and red pepper if you’d like.

You may make this without the salt, the sugar or without the cornstarch if desired.

Home-made Taco Seasoning

  • Servings: 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chile Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch (helps to thicken)
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano or Mexican oregano, optional

Mix together. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Use 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons (this amount equals a 1 1/4 ounce seasoning packet) per one pound of browned and drained ground beef. Toast for a minute in the skillet, then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and simmer several minutes to desired consistency.

Multiply as desired.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!

20 thoughts on “Taco Seasoning – Our Family’s”

  1. Great post and recipe! Thank you for sharing. We use a mix with a few spices, but not near the flavor combo that yours seems to have. But I do use tomato sauce instead of water, which might help my flavor a bit. Definitely going to make a batch of yours here soon!

    1. Funny! It’s been on my blog for years, but I only just today made it a page. All the pages on spice blends used to be on one huge long post –

      Most are pretty much the same, I think. Some use flour as a thickener.

        1. I imagine most of them are quite a lot alike! At least we know you have a good one ha ha!!! And if you did, I’m very flattered! You’re a top notch cook and your endeavors are very impressive!

          I make this for my son, but in spite of what I BELIEVE to be the PERFECT balance of flavors…He DROWNS it with hot sauce!

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