March 24, 2014

Homemade Taco Seasoning

My husband and I had a conversation that went like this last week:

Me: Is it too soon to have tacos again?

Husband: No, the kids loved it. Besides we have Pizza Friday now, why not Taco Tuesday?

Me: True! Catchy name too.

5 year old: Moooom, you know you can't copy the Lego Movie for everything, right???

That's right. Husband and I are so tired we forgot that "Taco Tuesday" was a major component of The Lego Movie and that our children would immediately notice this. Nothing like a kindergartener to keep you honest, right?!

The good news is that our Taco Tuesdays are nowhere near as dramatic as the inspiration and we have two nights a week that the kids are eating with NO FUSSING. That is a parenting win right there. I should give my boys credit though that at 4 and 6 they are outgrowing much of the pickiness we had last year and we don't have to fight over food very much.

Initially I was being lazy and buying the taco seasoning kit. I've made a Mexican seasoning for various recipes before, but hadn't ever gotten around to making it in batches. Now that I'm not worried that the kids will reject the meal I decided to play around a little with the seasoning and try it myself. Crazy easy. Crazy good. 5 minutes to throw it together and I had all the spices already. Now, I toned down the cayenne pepper significantly because of the kid factor (I'm a spice wimp too), but if you want more heat just change the measurement from a pinch to a 1/4 teaspoon. Or you can do what my husband prefers, which is douse the taco in Sriracha.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:
adapted from All Recipes

1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper (add more if you want more heat)

Mix all ingredients together. This makes about 1/4 cup, and I suggest adding about 2 1/2 tablespoons in place of a taco seasoning packet.
This can easily be doubled or tripled to keep with your spices.


  1. I can't wait until my son outgrows the fussy eating stage! Once he starts eating he's really quite adventurous, it's just getting him to start that seems to be the big problem. I love that your husband likes theme dinner nights! Mine complains if we have the same thing too often.

  2. THANK YOU because I'd rather not pay even $.99 for the El Paso stuff! Plus, that's got TONS of sodium so I like your DIY version better. Haven't seen the Lego movie so Taco Tuesday it is :).

  3. Mine would too! Unless it was ramen + fried eggs.

  4. Mine is the complete opposite. He will eat the same leftovers all week! This time around we figured we'd have taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday until we can't take it anymore :)

  5. That sodium is out of control in those packets! It shows up everywhere too-I bought a different brand of chicken broth the other week and it had a ton too! I need to get better at checking in the store but when the boys are with me I'm racing down each aisle and don't do much reading :)

  6. Taco seasoning is something we NEVER have when we need it. And looking through the list of ingredients I see that we have all these on hand. Very cool!


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