This super easy Homemade Taco Seasoning will have you wondering why you ever bought the packaged stuff!
How do you feel when you come back from a vacation? Do you feel completely refreshed and ready to go? Or do you find it very hard to come back to the real world?
Last week we were able to spend some time away and I have had a terrible time getting back in the swing of things. Of course, going back to work wasn’t easy or particularly pleasant but that hasn’t been the only problem. I also kind of got used to going out to dinner and going for coffee every morning. It was just so nice.
Unfortunately, there are no real choices here for gluten-free dining so that is really not an option. And then there is the fact that, you know, I am a food blogger so I should probably start cooking dinner again. So, I am trying to get my act together.
Of course, you have to kind of ease back into things after a trip, right? 😉 So my idea of cooking this week has been slow cooker soup, drumsticks, and loaded nachos. To justify barely cooking, I made this really easy homemade taco seasoning.
This is super handy in case you forget to pick up a packet or if you find the store-bought versions a bit too salty. Just mix up your spices, toss it in the skillet with cooked ground beef and a can of tomato with green chilies! You’re just 5 minutes away from easy, zesty, homemade taco meat!
What Is in Taco Seasoning?
This is a naturally gluten-free taco seasoning recipe. To make it, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Smoked paprika
- Chili flakes (optional)
How to Make Taco Seasoning
Simply combine all ingredients and add to browned ground beef with 1/4 to 1/2 cup water. Cook ground beef until all moisture has absorbed.
How Long Does Homemade Taco Seasoning Last?
This easy homemade taco seasoning is good for up to 1 year! Store it in an airtight container in a cool space (like the pantry).
Can I Multiply This Recipe?
Yes! Feel free to double, triple, etc. this recipe to suit your needs. You can make a big batch and store it in a jar, if desired. 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning is enough for 1 pound of ground meat.
Tips for Making Taco Seasoning
- For spicier taco seasoning, add extra chili flakes and / or cayenne pepper.
- This seasoning can be used to season taco meat, but also in burritos, nachos, soups, and more!
- Note that this recipe calls for smoked paprika. This is NOT the same as regular paprika, and I promise it’s worth the money!
Recipes That Use Taco Seasoning:
- Keto Taco Skillet
- Easy Taco Mac
- Spicy Chicken Drumsticks with Mexican Rice
- Smoky Black Bean Soup with Sausage
- Spicy Sausage and Black Bean Pasta
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
- Combine all ingredients and add to browned ground beef with 1/4-1/2 cup of water.
- Cook ground beef until all moisture has absorbed.
This recipe makes enough to season 1 pound of meat.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 305mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
To avoid any confusion I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it is not known to affect blood glucose levels. To calculate Keto recipes listed on this site carbs - fiber = net carbs.