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Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Cut out the MSG and control the heat of your tacos with this easy to make taco seasoning recipe. This recipe uses limited cumin, but is adaptable to your family’s preferences.

Taco Seasoning Recipe - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

We love tacos around here.  In fact, tacos are the one meal that I can count on everyone eating so we have tacos a lot.  Some of us like corn tortillas while others prefer flour tortillas, although we all agree that homemade flour tortillas are the best!  I personally like a little red enchilada sauce on my tacos.   Sometimes I’ll make chicken for chicken tacos but most of the time I use ground beef seasoned with a taco seasoning.

I stopped buying taco seasoning from the store because most of them contain MSG and are way too spicy for my family’s tastes.  I have a very picky 6 year old eater who will not deal with any kind of spicy heat at all.  It took me a while to come up with a taco seasoning recipe that we could all agree on.  The one major change that I finally ended up making to our taco seasoning recipe was in the cumin.  We don’t really love cumin, but we found that it is necessary to get that taco flavor we love.  If you like your tacos a little spicier, then add some cayenne to the mix.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning Recipe - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup chili powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons salt


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Store in an air tight container. The mix will keep for months.
To make tacos:
Brown 1 pound ground beef in a large skillet with onions. Add about 1/4 cup taco seasoning recipe to the beef. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.

Adapted from Heavenly Homemakers

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