Cupcake’s Homemade Taco Seasoning


I love tacos.  But no taco is good without great taco seasoning!  After looking at the ingredients in the packets I used to buy at the store without thinking about it, I was mortified.  And thus, I set out to create my own taco seasoning.  Here’s what I came up with!

Taco Seasoning

Cupcake’s Homemade Taco Seasoning

For a single serving:

  • 1 T Chili Powder
  • 2 t Onion Powder
  • 1 t Cumin
  • 1 t Garlic Powder
  • 1 t Paprika
  • 1 t Ground Oregano
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

Or if you’d like to make up a 12 oz jar like I do:

  • 1/2 C + 1 T Chili Powder
  • 1/4 C + 2 T Onion Powder
  • 3 T Cumin
  • 3 T Garlic Powder
  • 3 T Paprika
  • 3 T Ground Oregano
  • 3 T Salt
  • 2 1/4 t Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

Brown your ground beef, turkey, or chicken.  Also works well with shredded chicken!  Drain excess grease.  Add 3 T of Cupcake’s Taco Seasoning and 1/2 cup of water for every pound of meat.  Stir.  Simmer on med/low until water is gone, stirring occasionally.

I didn’t think to get a photo, but I must say this is gorgeous in the jar before you shake it all up – you’ll see lovely browns, reds, and greens in beautiful cascading layers… It would make a lovely gift for someone.  Just put it in a jar with a ribbon on top, add a label with ingredients and cooking instructions, and you’re all set.  🙂

As you can see, it makes a lovely taco salad… large bed of lettuce, black beans, ground turkey taco meat, freshly grated cheese… Yum!

Taco Salad



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