This is one of those recipes I’ve been using for a while and finally decided to share it on the blog. I originally developed this seasoning while making my taco ring and have been using it ever since. Most store-bought taco seasonings I’ve tried have had corn and dairy in them. I don’t have a problem with corn in those amounts but I do with dairy so using those seasonings has always been very occasional for me. Since it’s so difficult to find dairy and corn free taco seasonings at the store, I thought this simple recipe might be really helpful for those with food allergies and sensitivities.
It’s nice that there’s nothing in this seasoning that’s going to make me break out or get joint pain but let’s be honest: the real reason I’ve been making this so often is because I love the way it tastes. Lenny and I have both come to prefer my homemade seasoning to the stuff we used to buy. I can’t quite figure it out because there’s really nothing different about the spices I used but it doesn’t taste like any taco seasoning I’ve tried before. I’m guessing it has something to do with the ratios I used.
I’m kicking myself because I accidentally included garlic powder in the photo but there’s no garlic in the recipe. Not that you’d ever know just by looking at the photo… well, now you know. I don’t know what I was thinking but it should have been cumin.
My appetite doesn’t shut off easily but I have a feeling paragraphs like the one above do that to my readers quite often. Now I feel like I have to “sell” the recipe to you all over again. Ok, here goes: “OMG this is the best taco seasoning I’ve ever tasted and I want to eat it all the time!” Are you sold again? Great! Now let’s talk about what to make with this seasoning.
Each batch of this seasoning will season one pound of ground beef. I’ve been using this seasoning to make burritos and taco salad but I’d definitely encourage you to try other recipes with it too! Maybe some homemade taco-flavored chips? I bet it would be good on some crockpot pulled pork too. Do you eat popcorn? Top it with some corn-free taco seasoning ;) -> For those of you who actually can’t eat corn, I think cashews or pepitas toasted in a skillet with some fat makes a great movie-night popcorn alternative.
- 1½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- Combine all spices. Add to 1 lb of ground beef while browning or sprinkle on top of anything else you'd like! No need to drain the beef fat or add water.