Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning CradleRockingMama.com

When Jed was a little baby and first got his MSPI and egg IgE diagnosis, I went through every item in my pantry reading labels.

Tons of food had to be disposed of, but there were things that were technically safe that we could keep.

However, as time went on, I found myself getting more and more skeeved out about the mystery ingredients, unhealthy preservatives, and miscellaneous “stuff” put in so many of those “allergy safe” foods.

Our Real Food journey had begun.

One of our favorite meals is tacos. Quick, easy, and delicious – how can you go wrong with tacos?

Well, have you ever looked at the ingredients on packages of taco seasoning? Go on. Read the label of the taco seasoning packet in your pantry.

It’s bad.

Not only is there more salt than anyone should consume in a day, but odds are you’ll see MSG, “natural flavorings” or “artificial flavorings” on the list.

All three of those are bad, bad, bad.

So I did what I always do, and went to the internet for replacement ideas!

Since Darrel and Jed are so “heat” sensitive to spices, it took some tweaking to get a wonderfully flavored, spicy – but not too spicy – perfect taco seasoning mix. But I managed to do it.

This is the taco seasoning we’ve used for the last three years. It’s better than any packet I’ve ever bought, and is an insanely simple switch to make in your kitchen.

Every step towards real foods is a step in the right direction, right?

Try this. I know you’ll like it! (And feel free to add some more hot spices if you prefer to have spicy tacos!)

All you do is dump your spices in a bowl and mix.

Taco Seasoning Spices Ready to mix CradleRockingMama.com

Store in an airtight jar In your pantry.

Jar of Taco seasoning CradleRockingMama.com

That’s it!

I actually will usually make triple batches of this at a time, just so I always have it on hand. Typically I use between 2 and 3 T. of this mix per pound of meat, depending on the moisture level of my meat that day and how spicy I want it to be.

It works great on almost anything you can season: ground beef, shredded chicken, shredded turkey, even in a veggie mix!

I’ve made this fructose friendly by omitting the garlic and onion powders, and it still tastes wonderful. Some FructMal folks will still have problems with some of the spices, but if you mostly are concerned with garlic and onion, this might work for you.

So have a happy, healthier taco night at your house!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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Enjoy a "Real Food" replacement for your pantry: a taco seasoning mix that tastes wonderful, and can be made fructose friendly! This will make 8 T. of mix, or approximately 2½ packets worth of seasoning mix. We usually make triple batches! Use 2-3 T. per pound of meat, and enjoy!
Recipe type: fructose friendly, seasoning mix
Serves: 8 T.
  • 2 T. arrowroot starch
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. sea salt
  • 1 T. paprika
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1½ tsp. onion powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder (optional)
  1. Measure out all your spices and pour in a bowl.
  2. Mix well and store in an airtight container. (I often shake the jar once the mix is poured in.)
  3. Enjoy a healthier taco!


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4 Responses to Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. Amy in SC says:

    This sounds good. What is the arrowroot for? We make ours, but it is just the seasonings, no thickener.

    • Carrie says:

      Hi Amy!

      The arrowroot helps make the spices evenly spread throughout the meat, and also helps absorb any excess liquid (either grease or water) so the finished taco meat isn’t dripping. 🙂

      It may not be absolutely necessary, of course; but we’ve been happy with it being included.

  2. Pam Schrock says:

    So, when you make your tacos, how much mix do you put in per pound of meat–seeing as you make triple batches?

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks for bringing this up, Pam! I put info about this in the recipe, but it isn’t very clear. I’ll update the info to make it clearer in the post. 🙂

      But to answer your question, I use about 2-2 1/2 T. of mix in a pound of meat. You can use less or more, depending on how moist your ground meat is. Each single batch of this mix makes enough to equal 2 1/2 packets of taco seasoning from the store, and if I remember correctly they usually say 1 packet per pound of meat, if that helps.

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