I realized a bit ago that there is a lot of crap in the taco seasoning packets at the store. Can we all just talk about the sodium? I'm not a health nut by any means, but I definitely don't like getting my entire sodium intake from a taco. And, honestly, those seasoning packets just aren't tasty enough to be that bad. If I'm going to eat crap, it's going to be some chicken wings or some cheesecake. Amiright?
Anyway, I decided to make my own and I found that there are actually a lot of people who do the same thing and a lot of pretty tasty recipes out there. The best part is, you can alter certain things about them to make them a little spicy or a little sweeter or whatever you want.
I found that I really liked this recipe. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/
I do make a couple of tweaks to it though. I usually use:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder or onion flakes
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
I usually just mix up a bunch and then put it in the cabinet with all of my other spices. I found these awesome jars at the Container Store that work perfectly for spices. Then, I just pull it out and mix it with whatever meat I'm using to make tacos. It's so tasty.