Seasoning packets from the supermarket may be convenient, but they have drawbacks—not the least of which is they’re relatively expensive! I just checked several brands including Lawry’s Taco Spices and Seasonings Mix both online as well as the prices today at the two supermarkets in my community. Prices range from $1.11 to $1.61 for a 1-oz packet!
I hate to pay that much for so little. And I don’t have to thanks to a great recipe to make taco seasoning mix myself, using ordinary spices I have already. As a bonus, I know exactly what’s in it, and how old the ingredients are, too.
The recipes that follow call for the amount of seasoning you would find in the typical supermarket seasoning packet—about 4 1/2 tablespoons of mix.
While you could make the amount you need as you need it, a better idea is to make a bunch while you’re at it, then keep it tightly sealed in your spice rack. It’ll come in handy more times than you can imagine. The recipe multiplies well.
Enjoy this simple mix and the family-friendly recipes that use this Taco Seasoning Mix (including printable recipe cards when you scroll down to the bottom) for both beef and chicken tacos. Yum!
Taco Seasoning Mix
- 1 ½ tbsp cornmeal (maize or corn flour)
- 4 ½ tspn chili powder (more or less to taste)
- ½ tspn onion powder
- ½ tspn garlic powder
- ½ tspn seasoned salt (seasoning salt)
- ½ tspn paprika
- ¼ tspn cumin
- ½ tspn garlic salt
- ½ tspn sugar
- 1 tspn dried minced onion
- ½ tspn beef bouillon granles
- ¼ tspn cayenne pepper more or less to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and store in a small airtight container.
Restaurant-Style Taco Beef
- 4 ½ tbsp Taco Seasoning Mix 1 packet of mix or you can make this yourself. SEE NOTE 1
- 1⅓ pound lean ground chuck
- 1 cup water
- Crumble the ground chuck into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until browned.
- Remove from heat, rinse meat with hot water, and drain water and grease from beef.
- Return meat to skillet, and pour in seasoning. Stir in water.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until most of the liquid has cooked away, about 20 minutes.
- Yield: Meat for 12 regular-size tacos.
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
- 1 16-oz jar salsa
- 4 ½ tbsp Taco Seasoning Mix SEE NOTE 1
- 1 juice from one lime
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast
- Place salsa, taco seasoning, lime juice, and cilantro in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Add chicken and stir to coat.
- Cover slow cooker, set to High, and cook until chicken is very tender about 4 hours.
- Optional: Set slow cooker to Low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.
- Shred chicken with 2 forks to serve.
- Fills 12 regular-size tacos.
First published at Everyday Cheapskate: 1-21-16; Updated with Recipe Cards: 1-20-22
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