DIY Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning |sneaksandsweets|My science class has been investigating industrial farming and food, and the kids have selected topics that they’re interested in. I’m pretty sure by the end of it all, I’ll have a classroom full of students looking for organic, free-range, grass-fed, farm raised, non-GMO labels on the food that they eat (sorry parents). Wait. What about skittles, and Doritos, and Little Debbie’s? Yeah-alright. Maybe these lessons are actually impacting me a smidge more than them. 

Their arguments are pretty convincing. It’s pretty funny-they (without any persuasion I might add) take the side against the debatable topic. I mean, in all seriousness-we probably all think about it, yet don’t act on it. Guilty!

DIY Taco SeasoningDIY Taco Seasoning |sneaksandsweets|And basically, a week of research and some presentations led me to this:

DIY Taco Seasoning |sneaksandsweets|DIY Taco Seasoning. 

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in something as simple as taco seasoning? What the heck is Ethoxyquin? O.K.-I can clearly see it’s a preservative…but why am I eating that?!  

Taco 6I’m not going to preach about what you should or shouldn’t eat, because I’m not sure I have a solid answer on that one myself. Well…and I know that nothing is going to get between me and a good slice of cake, or cookie, or muffin. Oye!

What I am going to do is show you how easy it is to take just one of those icky store bought items and make it yourself, ick-free.

With a little prep and some spices, you’ll have a delicious taco seasoning that you don’t have to worry about…well, if you worry about that kinda thing! If you don’t-it’s seriously delicious and far more tasty than its packaged pal, so I’d give it a try regardless.

My tip is to make a few batches of this stuff ahead of time and store it in small, airtight containers. That way you can easily have tacos without much prep. Woot, woot!

DIY Taco Seasoning |sneaksandsweets|Now don’t go thanking me for questioning the food we eat. You can thank a class full of curious and food conscious 5th graders 😉 


Note: Save money on spices by shopping at country markets that sell spices in bulk.

*One recipe makes enough for 1 pound of meat.

DIY Taco Seasoning
  1. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  2. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  3. ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  5. ½ teaspoon paprika
  6. 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  7. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a dish and mix.
  2. Fully cook 1 pound ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning over meat and add 1/3 cup water. Simmer until water is absorbed.
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