This easy homemade taco seasoning recipe is perfect for low-carb diets as it is sugar-free, starch-free, and gluten-free. Use it in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning.
We're excited to share this Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe in our basics series. The basic series is all about providing staple recipes like this spice blend that can be used in all sorts of Cast Iron Keto recipes.
Now, you may be wondering "why do I need to make my own homemade taco seasoning" and there are a few answers to this. One, you don't have to make your own spice blends but we find that it can be super handy to have spice blend recipes in your pocket for that inevitable time you go to make dinner and realize you're out of the spice mix you need.
It's also relatively hard to find store-bought taco seasoning without flour or anti-caking agents so making your own ensures that you have a gluten-free, low-carb, keto-friendly spice mix.
The taco seasoning packets that you're most familiar with typically contain the following ingredients:
Chili Pepper, Maltodextrin, Salt, Onion Powder, Spice, Corn Starch, Sea Salt. Contains 2% Or Less Of Vegetable Oil (Canola, Soybean And/Or Sunflower Oil), Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Citric Acid, Sugar, Natural Flavor.
Now, we don't know about you but those are not ingredients that we especially want in our food. There's no reason for a simple spice mixture to have the highly processed ingredients in bold above. Plus, if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet then there's really no reason not to whip up your own.
If you do want to buy store-bought taco seasoning, this one from Frontier Co-Op is the cleanest sugar-free and starch-free one we can find readily available in our local grocers.
That being said let's jump into how to make your own big batch of seasoning!
- Preparation and cooking overview
- Chef's note
- How to use taco seasoning?
- Preparation time - 5 mins
- Difficulty level - easy
- Ingredients in Homemade Taco Seasoning:
- Ingredient substitutions
- Additional ingredients
- Cooking tools required
- Tools substitute options
- How to make Keto Taco Seasoning: step-by-step guide
- How to make it healthier
- Time-saving tips
- What can i prepare ahead of time
- Serving size suggestions
- Nutritional facts
- Storage process and best practices
- Recipe wrap-up and conclusion
- Frequently asked questions
- 📖 Recipe
Preparation and cooking overview
In this Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe, you'll effortlessly create a delectable and versatile spice blend. The process involves gathering essential spices such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Simply measure the required quantities of each spice, mix them in a small bowl, and store your seasoning in an airtight container. With minimal effort and a few minutes, you'll have a fresh, gluten-free, low-carb taco seasoning ready to enhance your favorite dishes.
Adjust the spice levels to suit your taste buds when making this Keto Homemade Version of Taco Seasoning. Reduce the chili powder or cayenne pepper if you prefer a milder seasoning.
Conversely, if you're looking for a spicier kick, feel free to add more heat. This recipe is versatile and can be tailored to your personal preferences.
How to use taco seasoning?
One way to use this spice blend is by adding it to recipes that require taco seasoning. You can use it to make taco meat with ground turkey, beef, or chicken. Taco recipes, taco soup, or even taco salads are all good options to put this recipe to use
Preparation time - 5 mins
One of the best things about this gluten-free Taco Seasoning is that it requires minimal preparation time. In just 5 minutes, you'll have a fresh and flavorful seasoning blend ready to be used. No need to worry about running out of store-bought seasoning ever again!
Difficulty level - easy
This recipe is perfect for cooks of all skill levels, as it's incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is combine the spices in the right proportions, and you'll have a homemade seasoning blend that rivals any store-bought option. This recipe is easy to follow, even if you're new to cooking or just starting your keto journey.
Ingredients in Homemade Taco Seasoning:
This awesome recipe makes a large batch of taco seasoning mix, about 10 tablespoons worth so it's enough for multiple recipes. Just store in an airtight jar for up to 1 year.
If you need to make substitutions or want to try variations of the recipe, consider the following options:
Cooking tools required
To make this Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe:
Using these basic kitchen tools, you can quickly and easily mix your spices, ensuring a perfectly balanced blend every time.
Tools substitute options
If you don't have the same tools listed above, don't worry. Here are some substitute options that will work just as well:
How to make Keto Taco Seasoning: step-by-step guide
To prepare your Taco Seasoning, follow these simple steps:
- Gather all the required ingredients, ensuring accurate measurements.
- Combine all the spices in a jar or a small mixing bowl.
- Shake the jar or mix the spices in the bowl to combine them evenly.
- Transfer the seasoning blend to an airtight container for storage.
- Store at room temperature for up to a year, and use as needed in your favorite taco recipes.
How to make it healthier
This Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning mix is already a healthy alternative to store-bought versions, but you can make it even healthier by:
- Opting for organic spices, which are free from pesticides and other chemicals.
- Using high-quality, unrefined sea salt, which contains essential trace minerals.
- Adjusting the sodium level by reducing the amount of salt, if needed, to suit your dietary requirements.
To save time when preparing this seasoning blend:
- Measure out and mix larger batches of the seasoning to have on hand for future use.
- Store the seasoning in a labeled container, making it easy to locate when needed.
- Keep a digital or written record of the recipe for quick reference.
What can i prepare ahead of time
This seasoning blend can be prepared well ahead of time. Mix the spices, store them in an airtight container, and keep them at room temperature for up to a year. By doing this, you'll always have homemade spice mix readily available for your recipes.
Serving size suggestions
One tablespoon of this seasoning is typically sufficient for seasoning 1 pound of meat (0.45 kg). However, you can adjust the amount according to your taste preferences and the specific recipe you're using it in.
Here are the nutritional facts for this Homemade Taco Seasoning, per 1 tablespoon serving:
- Calories: 19 kcal (Calories from Fat: 8)
- Fat: 0.9 g (1% Daily Value*)
- Carbohydrates: 3.4 g (1% Daily Value*)
- Fiber: 1.8 g (8% Daily Value*)
- Protein: 0.9 g (2% Daily Value*)
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Nutritional values are estimates only and do not include carbs from sugar alcohols.
Storage process and best practices
Proper storage is essential for maintaining the freshness and flavor of your Seasoning. Follow these best practices to ensure your seasoning blend remains at its best for Taco Tuesdays:
Recipe wrap-up and conclusion
In conclusion, this Keto Homemade Taco Seasoning is a healthier and tastier alternative to store-bought options and a quick and easy recipe that you'll want to keep coming back to. Say goodbye to those unnecessary additives and hello to the mouth-watering, homemade goodness!
So, what are you waiting for? Your tacos are practically begging for a sprinkle of this flavorful blend! Once you've tried this homemade seasoning, you'll wonder how you ever settled for those store-bought packets. And don't worry; it's so simple that even if you burn water, you can still master this recipe.
Don't let this recipe be just another forgotten page in your mental cookbook. Share it with friends and family; soon, everyone will ask for your secret taco seasoning recipe. After all, who doesn't want to be known as the Taco Seasoning Guru?
Go on, try it, and transform your taco nights forever. Your taste buds, wallet, and waistline will thank you for it. Happy seasoning, and may your tacos be forever delicious!
P.S. If your homemade seasoning starts forming a fan club, remember to send us an invite to the annual Taco Seasoning Appreciation Party. We'll bring the guac!
Frequently asked questions
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine all of the spices in a jar and shake to combine. Store at room temperature for up to a year.