If you're after a hot taco seasoning mix then this is the one for you! The recipe below is quick and very easy-to-make, and uses a blend of fiery habanero peppers plus a few traditional spices and herbs. I've added a couple of sweeter, milder spices to dial the heat down a little and I like to use this one for my ground beef fillings. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my homemade recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)
6-7 dried habanero chili peppers (or 2 tablespoons hot chili powder)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano (See note below)
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp peppercorns
4 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt (See note 2 below)
1 whole nutmeg
6-8 dried bay leaves
2 whole star anise (optional)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your homemade taco mix in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note: If you want to extract even more flavours from the ingredients, dry toast the anise, peppers pieces, peppercorns and whole coriander and cumin before grinding and combining. The heat really brings out the most fabulous aromas and taste!
Click here to read more about how to toast and grind ingredients. Includes a short demonstration video. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: I recommend using a quality rock/kosher/sea salt for using in your taco seasoning mix as these are are a bit less processed than table salt. If you only have table salt available, just use that and it'll still season your cooking perfectly.
Oregano Note: If you can get hold of Mexican oregano do so. If not, just use regular. They do taste a little different, but one or the other will suffice for your taco blend.
Ingredient Note: I use whole coriander, peppercorns and cumin for this recipe as I find they add the best flavours. If you only have them ground, just use that and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Same goes for the coriander and peppercorns if you only have the pre-ground. Stir these in with any other pre-ground ingredients when making.
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