Some of you guys might know I’m a little bit obsessive about my various spices, mixes and concoctions. I have quite a few Spice Mixes & Blends on my blog (and even more in my kitchen & goodness help those who toss and pitch indiscriminately) and this Smoky Chipotle Taco Seasoning is one of my newer favorites.
I even have a more Basic Taco Seasoning already…but over the years I’ve found myself adding a bit of this and a bit of that to really bring my taco flavoring home and I think I now have this perfected! As far as flavor goes, it seems I always want more, more, more!
The Smoky Chipotle Taco Seasoning has a good amount of heat, but keep in mind that by the time you’ve piled all your taco meat into a shell or tortilla and smothered it all with cheese and/or your favorite fixings, the heat does dissipate a bit. Just use your good judgement if serving children or the spice wary.
Smokin' Chipotle Taco Seasoning
- 1 tablespoons onion flakes or dehydrated onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon basic chile powder
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder or another individual chile powder with a heat level you are comfortable with. Ancho is nice.)
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch *
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or chili pequin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano or Mexican oregano, optional
Mix together. Makes a little more than 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.
* Helps to thicken so the spices adhere to the meat & helps to keep the mixture from hardening and clumping while storing)