taco seasoning from scratch

I love taco seasoning!  Especially when I get pounds and pounds of grass-fed ground beef that I use throughout the year.  And since I grew up in California and now live in Arizona, you’d better believe that I love me some Mexican food.

I use this taco seasoning not just on ground beef, but ground turkey as well.  It’s perfect for making tacos, burrito bowls, tostadas, and even flavored sour cream!  I use about two tablespoons of taco seasoning for 2 cups of sour cream and we use it all the time to flavor various Mexican dishes we make.  

Do you know what’s in a packet of taco seasoning from the store?  If you buy the most popular brand, the ingredient list may not be quite as bad as the label I discussed in my onion soup mix post, but it still isn’t the most ideal:


First of all, you don’t know what the other “spices” are, and this can actually be a clever disguise for chemicals and MSG-containing additives.  The whey is most assuredly oxidized from processing, and the salt and sugar used are bleached, cheap versions of their whole counterparts: sea salt and whole cane sugar.

Plus, I don’t even add sugar to my spice mix and I don’t miss it!  Last but not least, the citric acid is yet another clever cover for MSG.  And as I said before, none of these ingredients are organic, so many may be genetically modified and tainted with pesticides.

Taco Seasoning

1/2 cup dried minced onion, or onion powder
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup sea salt
1/8 cup garlic powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
(buy organic spices, sea salt, and pepper here)

  1. Put all the ingredients in a pint mason jar, shaking to combine.

Use about 2-3 tablespoons for a pound of ground meat.  Use 2 tablespoons to flavor 2 cups of sour cream.  Enjoy!