You know how everyone seems to think they make the best tacos ever? I know I have run into quite a few people who swear they make the best taco meat you’ll ever eat. Then I go over to their house and find out that they use premixed, store bought taco seasoning. Of course, I am always polite and often enjoy the food but it is disappointing when I know what those mixes are full of (sugar, salt and preservatives). All things that I try to avoid as much as possible or at least control the amounts that I am consuming.
This is why I started making all of my own spice mixes, sauces, and salad dressings from scratch. That way I know exactly what ingredients are in the food I am eating and exactly what quantities I am consuming. Also, everything tastes better when you make it yourself!
Another thing to look out for when shopping for spices is something called Chili Powder. This spice will appear to be just a simple ground chili powder but most often is not. What is labeled as Chili Powder in the store usually contains a mix of garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder and who knows what else. Since our goal is to make a pure spice mix of our own with a small number of ingredients and no additives this defeats our purpose. I would recommend staying away from it. Instead, go for pure ground chili powders and check the ingredients before you buy to make sure it isn’t some sort of blend. Common pure chili powders are ancho, chipotle, cayenne, paprika, and chile molida (ground new mexico chili).
So, today I am going to pass on my simple homemade taco seasoning recipe to you all to encourage everyone to stay away from premixed seasonings and start mixing your own spices for healthier, tastier, and more authentic tacos. I am sure that once you try making your own mix and experience the flavor of fresh, quality spices you won’t want to go back to the store bought kind. This recipe is for a bulk batch of seasoning that you can keep and use whenever you want. This way you don’t have to spend time mixing your spices every time you want tacos and you still keep some of the convenience of having a ready to use spice mix.