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)
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.
What You'll Need: (makes 12 tablespoons)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika
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 sea salt
2 tsp sumac (optional)
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 lightly 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)
Of course you could just buy a jar from the store, but there are a few downsides to this...
The main reason is you don't have control over what goes in, you have to make do with what the manufacturer decides!
And a lot of times, this is the cheaper, filler types of ingredients: salt and chili, not to mention husks and artificial colours and flavours.
Make your own and you control what goes in!
Also, if you use the same brand as everyone else, your food may end up tasting similar to everyone else's!
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