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Homemade Taco Seasoning DIY

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Taco seasoning in a bowl with cilantro and two measuring spoons on a gray tile surface.
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My homemade taco seasoning is Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, and Sugar-Free. It provides just the right level of flavor and spice for any taco dinner. With no added sugar, corn starch, or strange additives, you can feel great about feeding it to your family. 

One of my favorite “guilty pleasure” foods is flavorful ground taco meat, served with just about anything. Taco salad, actual tacos, tortilla chips with taco meat and melted cheese… I used to love those crunchy tacos that came from a box as a kid.

Why Make Your Own Taco Seasoning?

As I got older, I got a little turned off by taco meat after reading the little packet of taco meat seasonings and seeing that the ingredients were: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Yeast Extract, Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors. Or another: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Yeast Extract.

I mean, I just want to flavor some ground beef. It really should not be that complicated. I finally just started making my own seasoning.

Taco seasoning in a bowl with cilantro and two measuring spoons on a gray wood surface.

Why Make Individual Portions of Taco Mix?

I initially started following recipes that called for making a large quantity of seasoning at a time and throwing it in a jar – mixing it all up and using a spoonful at a time. I felt like that didn’t give me the right amount of flavor per serving that I was looking for. Sometimes it was spicy, sometimes it tasted like too much cumin, sometimes it wasn’t salty enough.

As much as I loved having that “last minute dinner” luxury of the mix already made – just cook the beef and mix it in like the packets, it just wasn’t right.

A jar of layered taco seasoning.

How is this Taco Seasoning Recipe Different?

The nice thing about this recipe is that it is divided into individual servings. You can make it when you need it or you can make five servings of it at a time and individually portion it into mini mason jars (or Tupperware if you do not have an extensive supply of jars.) An airtight container will keep your taco mix ready to go for when you need it and individual portions will give you just the right amount of each ingredient in every serving.

A metal bowl filled with colorful taco seasoning.

How Do You Make It?

This recipe is really easy. Combine all your spices. Mix them together. That’s it.

If you are storing it for another time, keep it in an air-tight container. Since you are not adding silicon dioxide or any other non-clumping agent, make sure you do not expose the mixture to moisture.

How Do You Cook with Taco Seasoning?

If you are using your taco seasoning immediately, mix it into a pound of ground beef, turkey, or chicken that has been cooked and drained of extra fat. Return to heat and add 1/2 a cup of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for three to five minutes. You want the sauce to thicken and the liquid to reduce. The arrowroot in the mixture will continue to thicken the sauce as the meat cools down as well. (If you don’t like arrowroot, you can use Tapioca Starch or exclude this altogether, though your sauce will be thinner.)

If you like chicken, you can also coat chicken breasts with taco seasoning and cook them in an Instant Pot. You can find instructions here on how to do that.

What Can You Use Your Taco Meat For?

The possibilities are endless. This taco seasoning is free of additives, sugar, gluten, and grains, so it is great for almost every diet. It is Paleo, Whole30, Keto (exclude the arrowroot for lower carbs), and even better – made from scratch. You can serve your taco meat with a salad, plantain chips, tortilla chips – whatever your heart desires. You can eat it on its own with some melted cheese on top. It is also delicious with some shredded sweet potatoes and salsa in a casserole – coming soon! Just remember to always garnish with cilantro 😉

Cilantro and measuring spoons on a gray tile surface.

Taco seasoning in a bowl with cilantro and two measuring spoons on a gray wood surface.

Homemade Taco Seasoning DIY

My homemade taco seasoning is Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto, and Sugar-Free. It provides just the right level of flavor and spice for any taco dinner. With no added sugar, corn starch, or strange additives, you can feel great about feeding it to your family.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: glutenfree, mexican, paleo, whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 meal
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Paleo Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional for spice.
  • 1 tsp Arrowroot Powder Optional for thickening - You can also use tapioca starch.

Meat

  • 1 lb Ground Meat - Beef, Chicken or Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Water

Instructions

  • Add all seasoning ingredients to a bowl and mix together. (If saving for another time, store in an air tight container.)
  • Cook ground meat and strain grease.
  • Add seasoning mix to meat and mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Let cool slightly and sauce will thicken further.
  • Serve with tacos, taco salad - anything your heart desires!
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