Store-bought taco seasoning packets are loaded with sodium and preservatives. But, you can easily make your own taco seasoning at home in a few simple steps. The best thing about homemade taco seasoning is that you can customize it to your personal taste. As long as you include a few key ingredients you’ll still get the traditional taco flavor you’re looking for.
To start, combine equal parts chili powder, ground cumin, and smoked paprika. Then, add kosher salt to taste to make a quick taco seasoning base. Once you have your taco seasoning base you can add other flavors like cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, or coriander. If you want your taco seasoning to help form a thicker sauce, you can also add a few pinches of cornstarch to the mix.
Once all the ingredients are combined, store your taco seasoning in an airtight container for up to four weeks.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.