A family member of mine recently discovered that one of her children has a couple of difficult food allergies: peanuts and eggs. Both common foods in the average American diet, so she's in the process of eliminating them from her home. As she spoke to me about the things she was having to find new options for she hypothetically commented "I wonder if you can make your own taco seasoning?", to which I laughed and replied, "Ha! You totally can, I've been making my own for ages. Once I get over being sick I'll sit down and blog about it for you.".
So here I am... I spent Friday night Spring cleaning my spice cupboard to make sure I had everything I needed. As I removed everything and wiped the shelf down I moaned to Adam about the lack of good way to organize said cupboard space to meet my needs as a cook. It might be time to hit up Pinterest for some helpful and creative ideas to make it less of a pain. But I digress... my Taco Seasoning is quite involved and has been heavily adapted from a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com a long time ago.
I grew up where my parents used the packets you buy in the store and we ate tacos once a week so I used packets for years until I had the thought that they were sure getting expensive. Some things are just easier to make from a packet, like Hollandaise sauce, but trust me, this will save you time and money while letting you check each spice to make sure they meet your allergen-free needs. That said, please make sure you carefully examine the labels on the products you choose! The ones pictured have not been examined for this purpose as we don't have allergy concerns in our household.
I hope you enjoy this seasoning and that you'll feel free to adapt it as needed for your family. The heat level on this one is on the high end of mild thanks to the Crushed Red Pepper so if you like yours very mild you can easily omit it.
|clockwise from top left: crushed red pepper | Garlic, Garlic™ | Onion, Onion™ | ground cumin|
|clockwise from top: black pepper | paprika | sea salt | oregano|
Familia Walker Taco Seasoning
Ingredients1 t. ground cumin
1 t. garlic powder (I prefer to use Tastefully Simple Garlic, Garlic™)
1 t. onion powder (I prefer to use Tastefully Simple Onion, Onion™)
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 t. oregano
2 t. paprika (sweet, not smoked)
4 t. ground black pepper
4 t. sea salt (may substitute table or kosher salt if preferred)
4 T. chili powder
Optional2 T. corn starch*
• Measure and pour each ingredient into a small bowl.
• If thickening desired add corn starch.
• Whisk all ingredients thoroughly using small whisk or fork.
• Store in air tight container until use.
This makes about 1/2 cup of seasoning or enough for 4 uses.
• Brown desired meat (1 lb.) for tacos.
• Add 2 T. Familiar Walker Taco Seasoning, and is using the corn starch version add 2 T. Water.
• Stir until meat is seasoned, or if using with corn starch until it has thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
* You may also choose to add the corn starch separately during the cooking process but I prefer having it already in the seasoning to save time and dishes.
|optional: corn starch|
|how it will look without the corn starch|
|finished double batch of Familia Walker Taco Seasoning with corn starch|
|how I currently store mine, a 1 cup Ziploc container|
I prefer sea salt because I can use less and get more flavor so you may choose to add more or less depending on how salty you like your taco meat. In regards to my garlic powder and onion powder choices, I started using them long before becoming a consultant and especially like them for this because of their texture in the cooked meat. Neither is purely garlic or onion, they're blends that have a few extras like chives and shallots, adding just a little more flavor.
I've been hoping to empty one of my bigger spice containers so I can upcycle it into a seasoning holder for this instead of using my little container so you may want to do that if you have one!
If you make Familia Walker Taco Seasoning I would love to hear how yours turned out and if you adapt it, what worked better for you. :) Enjoy!
For the sake of legalities, I have to note that I am a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. The Tastefully Simple products I featured here in my recipe can be purchased through my website if you'd like to try them in your version of it.