Just about everyone likes tacos but unfortunately too many people get a store bought seasoning mix and ruin their tacos. I started making my own seasoning years ago after learning about all of the preservatives that end up in seasoning packets. You think you are getting the perfect blend of herbs and spices to cover your taco filling with, but you get a TON of extras far too often.
Taco Bell Seasoning Ingredients – Top Seller
We all know Taco Bell. It is an American staple, and now their products are in our grocery stores! Let’s use this as an example of why you should make your own seasoning at home.
What is in it?
- Wheat Flour
- Dried Garlic
- Dried Chili Peppers
- Spice – How is that an ingredient?
- Dried Onions
- Maltodextrin – Linked to health risks
- Silicon Dioxide – Anti-caking Agent
- Natural Flavor- Which is what exactly?
- Yeast Extract- Why?
- Soybean Oil- Shouldn’t be necessary.
- Malic Acid- Again, why?
As a general rule with food, I like to eat things that are natural or things that are processed, done so minimally and purposefully. That is what leads me to a few questions. Why do we need to ad sugar to tacos? What isle can I find the Silicon Dioxide, Maltodextrin, and Malic Acid to make tacos at home? Why do dried spices labels only read the spice and not all of the anti-caking agents and preserves?
I think the answers are you need a laboratory for most of their ingredients and that if they were to just package it differently, perhaps some or all of the preservatives wouldn’t be needed.
That leads us to what goes into MY taco seasoning:
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
Simply take all of those and mix them in a bowl and store in an air tight container. When I am ready to make tacos or wings, or whatever I want to use this seasoning on I also end up using about 1/2 a teaspoon or so of minced garlic per pound of meat. I don’t like to use the dried garlic, so I add minced to when I am ready to use.
Use the seasoning as heavily as you like. I normally can get about 2/2.5 pounds of meat seasoned with this recipe.
I hope this recipe helps you eat healthier, at home more often, and becomes a family favorite!