If you enjoy cheese or vegetable tacos, then this homemade taco seasoning is just the thing. Made with a variety of dried herbs and spices, it can also be used as an all-purpose seasoning for other home cooking. And it works a treat when added to other cheesy dishes like lasagne. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes 12 tablespoons)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp dried Mexican oregano (or regular)
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil
3-4 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store in an airtight jar in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note 1: If
you're using whole cumin and peppercorns, why not dry toast them before
grinding? This toasting releases tons of flavours and aromas and only
takes a few minutes. Read more on toasting and grinding ingredients. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: Whilst I use Mexican oregano in this recipe as I think it makes it more authentic, you can use regular if that's all you have. You'll still get a tasty mix, but be aware that there is a difference between the two. Click here to read more about this difference. (Link opens in new window)
Ingredient Note: I usually advise using as many whole ingredients where you can when making your homemade blends, but sometimes you may not have them available. If not, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities by about half. This recipe uses 3 tablespoons of cumin seeds, so you would use 4 teaspoons of pre-ground cumin. Reduce the peppercorns likewise if you don't have whole and stir in with the other powders.
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Of course you could just buy a jar from the store, but there are a few downsides to this...
Make your own and you control what goes in!
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