Chili Pepper Madness

February 25, 2015

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco night is awesome. Whether it's Taco Tuesday, a super quick meal at the end of a long day, or simply your favorite dish, tacos are something the whole family can enjoy. If you've ever bought taco seasoning from the grocery store, I'm sure you've found that there are so many different blends. No two seasoning blends are alike. You find your favorite brands and stick to them. I used to buy seasonings, but found myself using them only as a base. I would add in a touch of this, a bit more of that, throw in some fresh herbs, garlic, whatever I felt would enhance the overall taco seasoning blend.

But no more! If you look at the ingredients on the packets, you'll find it's fairly simple to develop your own blends of taco seasonings. All it takes is having some ingredients on hand, which we always do here in the Madness household. I personally make my own blends for different types of meals, especially tacos, and this is one such blend. It is simple, but tasty, with a focus on red chili powder but complemented by cumin, salt, garlic and basil. The corn starch acts as a thickening agent for your taco meat. There are a number of combinations and flavors that you can bring into your own blends, but hopefully this helps you as a starting point to play with flavors and ideas. Bring on the seasonings!

Wait until you try my superhot version...

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 4 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Cooking Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Use as you would use any store bought brand of taco seasoning.
  3. Enjoy!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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