Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Mar 20, 2015

taco seasoningMaking my own seasonings is one of the ways I control my family’s sodium and other unwanted ingredients intake.  Consider that in 2 teaspoons of McCormick’s Taco Seasoning (what is suggested on packet for 2 tacos) there is 380mg of sodium, 1/4 of the my RDA for sodium.  Additionally, there is sugar in their taco seasoning.    The less hidden/unwanted/unnecessary sugar I consume, the more I can enjoy where I really want it.  I don’t know about you, but I want to save my sugar consumption for apple pie or chocolate chip cookies!

I’ve tried many taco seasoning recipes and the one we really like is Alton Brown’s Taco Seasoning #19.  It’s different than your standard taco seasoning in that it really has a great smokey flavor from the smoked paprika.  The coriander is an interesting addition and I wasn’t sure how it’s flavor would work with our nachos, but to be honest, I don’t taste the coriander at all.  This is a perfect example of the theory that ‘the sum is greater than the parts.’ The only way I’ve modified it is that I make 6X the recipe and cut the salt in half.  I store it in a glass container and have written the directions for using it on a label on the back.

The primary use for this taco seasoning is the Friday Night Nacho, but we use it for tacos and taco bowls as well.

When I make a seasoning mix like this taco seasoning, I like to make an amount that will last for several months.  In this case, I need 3/4 of a cup of chili powder when I make my large quantity of taco seasoning.  This is one of the reasons I like to buy my spices in bulk.  I go to my local health food store or order them online from MySpiceSage.com.   MySpiceSage.com often has promotions and always offers free shipping.  

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Taco Seasoning

A reduced sodium taco seasoning with a great smokey flavor
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 TBS hot smoked paprika
  • 2 TBS kosher salt
  • 2 TBS ground coriander
  • 1 TBS cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in air tight container.

To Use

  1. For every 1/2 pound of browned ground beef, use 1 TBS seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Cook over low heat until liquid has been absorbed.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Alton Brown Taco Seasoning #19

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