pantry basics – taco seasoning

We don’t buy a lot of seasoning blends.

It’s less expensive (and really easy) to make them.  It gives us control over how hot or spicy or sweet or savory the blend is.  We can decide how much (if any) salt is in it.  Plus, we get to avoid any MSG or preservatives or additives or any extra whatnots that might be floating around in that packet on the shelf.

So I figure it’s worth one dirty spoon and the minute and a half it takes to pull the spices from the cupboard and open the jars.  Why else do you have all those jars in the cabinet?  I mean … they look nice … but if you don’t use them, they go bad.  So making your own seasoning blends only makes sense.

And Taco Seasoning is a staple.

We use it to season taco meat (beef, chicken, turkey, pork … whatever).

We use it to make “Mexican Rice.”

We use it in something we call “Dirty Quinoa,” (which is a protein rich alternative for tacos if you happen to be vegetarian, or vegan, or just in the mood for a taco that doesn’t have meat in it).

taco seasoning


  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder.
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder.
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin.
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder.
  • 2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper.


Combine all the ingredients in a small non-reactive jar (perhaps the jar you plan on using for storage?).  Put the top on and shake until ingredients are well-combined.

One and a half tablespoons of this taco seasoning (plus a teaspoon of salt) is enough to season one and a quarter pounds of ground meat or 2 cups of rice/quinoa.  Put the rest in your cupboard to use next week.

– Jeanne

We’re linked up on The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday.