If you were to come over to my house on any Tuesday night, we would definitely be cooking up some tacos! At one point, I was so tired of figuring out what to eat every single weeknight, that I officially declared Tuesdays as taco night at our home! Taco Tuesday is now going about 5 months strong, and honestly, it’s a night we look forward to. It’s been so nice to have one night a week where I can completely go on auto-pilot and not have to figure out what in the world I’m going to make for dinner. I’m all about working smarter, not harder!
When we first put taco Tuesday into place, I knew I wanted to create my own taco seasoning. Sure, you could buy a packet of seasoning at the supermarket, but who knows what shady chemicals are in those? If you look at the ingredients, I can almost promise you its not just spices. There are anti caking agents, preservatives, chemicals I can’t pronounce, and sometime even MSG. No thanks. It may sound like an unnecessary extra step to make your own, but I promise it’s so easy to throw a mixture of pantry staple spices together to create your own seasoning. In the long run, it ends up being way cheaper and honestly, my taco seasoning tastes far better than store bought. Any time I’ve used a different seasoning, my husband can tell right away and always requests that I bring back the homemade stuff next time!
This recipe makes a fairly large batch that will last you for MANY taco Tuesdays! However, this recipe is easy to halve if you want to make a smaller batch that will just last you for about 2 or 3 taco nights. I would highly encourage you to go ahead and make the large batch because once you see how good this is, you’ll want to start a taco Tuesday in your own house! I store this seasoning in a medium size mason jar and keep it in my pantry. It will easily stay fresh for a good 6 months if you store it in this way. If you store it in a Ziploc bag, it will stay fresh for 3-4 months.
One quick note I wanted to add about this recipe: I would consider this a mild heat seasoning, however, this is totally adjustable to your taste buds. You either add or take away heat by adjusting the cayenne. You can start with as little as one teaspoon (maybe even a half teaspoon, if you have little kiddos) or go all the way up to 6 teaspoons if you like it spicy, but I find about 3-4 teaspoons is a nice middle ground for our palates. It definitely has a little spice, but I don’t feel like my lips are about to burst into flames!
I hope you’ll try this taco seasoning out, and let me know what you think in the comments!
5 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons sea salt
3 tablespoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons onion powder
4 teaspoons ground coriander
4 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons cayenne
3 teaspoons garlic powder
3 teaspoons dried oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper