Kickin’ Taco Seasoning

Looking for a new way to spice up your beef tacos with a burst of flavor? So were we.

That’s why I decided to go out on a limb and attempt to make my own taco seasoning.

Thanks to a recipe I found on AllRecipes, I was able to make sure we’d always have some delicious–and healthier than packets!–taco seasoning on hand.

The result was us deciding “we pretty much don’t want taco seasoning packets…again.” Granted, I do have a couple of packets in the pantry. But that’s really a “just in case” purchase. They’re cheap and if for some odd reason we can’t make it ourselves, the packets come in handy.

But if you can avoid using those ever-so-tempting-and-convenient-but-still-cheap seasoning packets, more power to you. In fact, just do it. We highly recommend it.

Oh, and about the name I gave it: Yeah, it is a bit ‘kickin.’ And for some crazy reason, my husband and I made it even more so with some extra red pepper flakes. We also add a little bit more salt than the recipe dictates.

Make these couple of tweaks and your life will suddenly be fabulous whenever you eat tacos.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • **1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (heaping)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • **1 teaspoon sea salt (heaping)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. Use approximately 3-4 TBSP per pound of meat.

**NOTE: When adding seasoning to browned meat on stove, add 2/3 cup of water or just enough to mix seasonings with beef. Let simmer for a few minutes or until everything is heated through.

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