Taco night is fun—whether it's Taco Tuesday, a quick dinner on the run that you make in minutes, or something special like Doritos Locos Tacos. But if you're still using store-bought taco seasoning packets, it's time to upgrade your game! This Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix will give your tacos an entirely new flavor level.
What taco seasoning is made of?
This recipe for homemade taco seasoning includes cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika. It also has a secret ingredient that makes this recipe extra special which includes dark chili powder. Dark chili powder adds a rich earthy flavor and deep color to Southwestern chili and Tex-Mex tacos.
Is dark chili powder the same as regular chili powder?
Regular chili powder is a blend of dried chili peppers and spices. It can be added to dishes to add flavor, heat, and depth. While Dark chili powder contains more of the chili pepper (like ancho) with a darker color and is roasted for longer periods. This leads to a seasoning blend that’s often earthier, smokier, sweeter, and spicier than the regular powder.
If you want a more unique and spicy taco, try dark chili powder instead of just regular chili powder.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients
- 3 tablespoons dark chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano powder
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional, as a thickener)
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mixing Instructions
In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. This seasoning mix will keep for up to a year if stored properly.
When making chili or tacos, start with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning blend and adjust it according to your tastes. You can also use it as a base for other Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos.
Want to kick up the flavor?
You can include other ingredients to make it unique and pleasing to your own taste buds. Here are some ingredient additions to consider:
- Ancho Powder
- Jalapeno Powder
- Chipotle Powder
- Smoked Paprika or Sweet Paprika
- Dried Basil
- Spicy Chili Flakes