Homemade taco seasoning that is onion free and allergy friendly with no gluten and just the right amount of spice! So easy to make and budget friendly!
I Love Tacos.
But why make your taco seasoning at home when you can purchase those little packs at the store? First, some of them contain flour, making them not gluten free. Second, a lot of store-bough taco seasoning packs are full of things you might not want in them, like preservatives, or artificial colors and flavors. And finally, they will never be spiced exactly how you like it. Enter the homemade taco seasoning.
This blend is perfect for customization. It doesn’t have any onions in it if you are sensitive to them, or if you love onions, go ahead and add some!
In fact, if you want to swap out any of these ingredients (or if you open your pantry and realize you are out of one of them) don’t worry!
It can’t get any simpler to make — place your mix in a bowl, give it a little stir with a fork, and add it to your dish you are making.
Taco Seasoning Notes
I like to make my blend up fresh each time, adjusting for flavor based on what I am making and who I am making it for. That is why this recipe calls for just enough for one meal. However, if you love this, go ahead and make a huge batch of it to keep on hand!
If making a lot, store in an air tight container and it will keep in a cool location for up to 6 months.
Adjust the level of salt to your needs. You’ll note that there is no salt in this mix. Add to your liking.
Flours. As I mentioned at the top, you might be avoiding store-bough taco seasoning because of the gluten inside. If you want to add a little flour, I would recommend a teaspoon to help thicken your sauce. If you are gluten free, add a half teaspoon of cornstarch for the same effect!
Making Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
When making tacos, I combine 1 tablespoon of tomato paste into 1 cup of warm water. Mix to combine. After browning my meat or veggies, add one spoonful of spice blend and let cook for 30 seconds. Add the tomato mixture to deglaze the pan and let it simmer until most of the water is gone and you are left with a rich sauce. If it is a little too acidic, you can add one teaspoon of sugar to help counteract the tomato acids.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp oregano (dried)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- squeeze of half a lime
- Mix all ingredients together, minus the lime juice. Add to your meat, beans, or veggies in place of other taco seasoning mixes. Use immediately or store in an air tight container for up to 6 months. Right before serving, add the lime juice to your taco, it really helps the flavor!