I like tacos alot. Actually, I love tacos. And all other forms of Mexican food, both traditional and Tex-Mex/Southwest. For a long time I thought you had to buy a packet to make tacos… that the seasoning was some foreign, mysterious substance that you couldn’t possibly replicate at home. Well, turns out that’s not exactly true. There are mystery things in some store-bought versions of taco seasoning but it turns out that I CAN make a version at home that we love, and we are better off for it.
Why? It’s cheaper, healthier, and more convenient. No more do I have to remember to buy taco seasoning at the store when I want to make tacos. I already have it in bulk in my spice cupboard, ready and waiting for when the mood strikes. And let me tell you… the mood strikes often. This taco seasoning has become my multipurpose Mexican seasoning. I use it in quesadillas, in black beans, in chicken salad, in quinoa, in rice. I use it all the time!
I hate having to pay people to do something I can do better myself and I cringe when I think of all the money we’ve spent on fancy low-sodium taco seasoning packets and jars. Neither Ben nor I have been put on a low-sodium diet or anything, but as I’ve mentioned on the blog before I’m not really into salt. I like salty foods of course but am really sensitive to it in restaurant food, processed foods, and the like. I know it ‘enhances’ flavors but for me, it almost ruins them. So I rarely add salt to things. I figure many ingredients naturally have salt in them anyways so what’s the point?
This taco seasoning isn’t a true sodium free spice blend because most commercial chili powders do include salt. That’s something new I learned while writing this blog post… interesting, huh? But I call this low-sodium because it doesn’t have any extra salt. It gets all its flavor from a variety of herbs and spices. Like all homemade spice blends, its totally customizable based on what you like. We like a little kick so I add crushed red pepper or red chili flakes for some heat, but feel free to adjust as you like. I’m so glad I found this recipe. It’s been a staple in my kitchen for about two years and I practically have it memorized. I decided now was the time to share it with y’all! Enjoy!
one year ago: Double Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes
two years ago: Dark Chocolate Crumb Bars
three years ago: No-Bake Reese’s Bars
Homemade Taco Seasoning [Low Sodium] [adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe]
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- 4 tablespoons chili powder*
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- four pinches of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- pinch of crushed red pepper or red chili flakes
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or other airtight container. Shake to combine and store in a dark place to use as needed.
To make tacos, add 3-4 tablespoons to a pound of cooked ground beef or turkey along with a 1/2 cup of water. Simmer 4-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced.
Seasoning is also great with chicken or black beans!
Time: 5 minutes.
Yield: roughly 3/4 cup.
Linked up with: Real Food Fridays.
22 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Seasoning [Low Sodium]”
I’ve been meaning to make a huge jar of this for a long time. We make tacos SO often and this is way better than the packaged stuff. I love the way it looks in the jar, too 🙂
thank you, sues!
I’m SO with you- Love anything Mexican or texmex! Totally making this- just bookmarked 🙂
thanks erica! enjoy!
It’s so nice to be able to make your own spice blends that you can have on hand in bulk!
it really is!
I really need to do this, I always like to have taco seasoning in the kitchen at all times and don’t love the preservatives that go into the packaged versions.
once you make it, you’ll want to have it on hand all the time. whenever i’m getting low i just add some more to the jar and shake it up. then i use it on everything…seriously everything!
I really need to make this!! So easy 🙂
yes, you do! 🙂
Homemade is definitely the way to go! Must try this!
thanks joanne! you should!
Hello, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this blog post. It was inspiring.
Keep on posting!
I make my own taco seasoning too but the recipe I based it on was lacking salt so I actually added it back in – lol!! I love your photo of the spices layered in the jar- so pretty!
thank you, veronica!
Sounds great. Homemade is always healthier and taste much better. Thank you for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!