Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Making my own seasonings is one of the ways I control my family’s sodium and other unwanted ingredients intake.  Consider that in 2 teaspoons of McCormick’s Taco Seasoning (what is suggested on the packet for 2 tacos) there is 380mg of sodium, 1/4 of my RDA for sodium.

Additionally, there is sugar in their taco seasoning.    The less hidden/unwanted/unnecessary sugar I consume, the more I can enjoy where I really want it.  I don’t know about you, but I want to save my sugar consumption for apple pie or chocolate chip cookies!

taco seasoning

I’ve tried many taco seasoning recipes and the one we really like is Alton Brown’s Taco Seasoning #19.  It’s different than your standard taco seasoning in that it really has a great smokey flavor from the smoked paprika.  The coriander is an interesting addition and I wasn’t sure how its flavor would work with our nachos, but to be honest, I don’t taste the coriander at all.  This is a perfect example of the theory that ‘the sum is greater than the parts.’ The only way I’ve modified it is that I make 6X the recipe and cut the salt in half.  I store it in a glass container and have written the directions for using it on a label on the back.

The primary use for this taco seasoning is the Friday Night Nacho, but we use it for tacos and taco bowls as well.

When I make a seasoning mix like this taco seasoning, I like to make an amount that will last for several months.  In this case, I need 3/4 of a cup of chili powder when I make my large quantity of taco seasoning.  This is one of the reasons I like to buy my spices in bulk.  I go to my local health food store or order them online from MySpiceSage.com.   MySpiceSage.com often has promotions and always offers free shipping.

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