I've tried to make my own taco seasoning for tacos, taco salad, and other Mexican dishes. But it rarely comes close to being as flavorful as the premixed taco spices that come in the little packets.
Still, I'm determined to mix my own so that I'm in control of how much sodium, heat, herbs, etc. go into it. I'm liking this recipe from This Week's Menu—she suggests making a big batch and using as needed...
6 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
3 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
Put all of the ingredients in an airtight jar or a container with a lid and shake. Use 2 tablespoons mix per pound of meat (or to taste).
Do you make your own taco seasoning or do you use the store-bought packets?