Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning

| April 6, 2010 | 8 Comments

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A few months back, Shawn looked at the ingredients in the Taco Kit that we always bought and found a few that we try not to eat. Scary. Who knew that such unnatural things could make their way into spice packets and crispy shells? Since then, we have switched to more natural, organic shells. But the seasoning has been a challenge.

A few years ago, I experimented with making my own seasoning and it was good. The only problem was that it was a spicy seasoning — and neither my husband or my children like things as spicy as I do. So, I set out to make an all new seasoning that has high-flavor without the six-alarm heat. This is the result.

The kids like this seasoning even better than the packets they are used to. It’s flavorful enough that I am happy too — and if I want more heat, I can always add some chopped jalapenos or hot salsa to mine. Everybody’s happy, and that makes me even more happy.

Are you a fan of spicy foods?

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Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring well to mix.
  2. To use: Brown 1 1/4 lb ground turkey, chicken or beef. Drain off any excess fat. Sprinkle with mild taco seasoning and stir well. Add 3/4 cup water and stir. Cook over medium heat until the water is fully absorbed.
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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Thank you so much for this!! I can’t use the seasoning packets anymore because they are just SO salty. I have been doing mostly cumin, but it’s not the same. Been looking for a great seasoning.
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  2. Jessica says:

    Thank you for this! I am also trying to avoid the pre-made packets. I already have the spices in my pantry, so why not make it myself? And I love that it works with 1.25 lbs of meat, since that’s how they package ground turkey in the supermarket, for some reason. My husband I do love spicy food, but our 5 year old does not (the baby eats anything). That’s what Cholula hot sauce is for!

  3. Donna says:

    I love cumin in anything – I think it is my favorite savory spice! I have one thought – have you tried smoked paprika instead of chile powder? It has a wonderful smoky flavor without so much heat.
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..Meatless Monday: A Culinary Breakthrough – Low-Maintenance Risotto with Asparagus, Parmesan and Lemon =-.

  4. Hi Sarah! So good to hear from you! I like spicy. =) Hubby does too but his stomach can’t always handle it. Hope you’re doing well.
    .-= Jessica Lee Binder´s last blog ..Faustina =-.

  5. Sarah Caron says:

    Jessica @ How Sweet — I totally agree!

    Jessica, that’s how I feel too. Why not? It takes seconds to pull it all together and then you know what’s in it.

    Donna, although I do use smoked paprika, I am not a huge fan of it. Also, this is chili powder, not chile — which is way hotter.

  6. patsy says:

    I will definitely give this seasoning a try… I hate seeing all those “extra” ingredients in the seasoning packets.
    .-= patsy´s last blog ..Weekly Tasty Tidbits =-.

  7. Thanks for sharing! love the photos too. I am going to try this recipe to go with my naked tacos. (I’m dieting) :D

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