I love making my own homemade taco seasoning. It is cheap, fresh, rewarding, and fun to put together with the kids. For a long time I looked online for a good recipe and ran across a number of mixes that were nice, but I never found one that was exactly what I wanted. Thus, I decided to make my own blend. I love to whip up a batch of taco sauce with this seasoning (recipe included below) and pour the sauce over our vegetarian tacos. This seasoning mix and the sauce, of course, will work very well on traditional tacos, too.
Taco Seasoning Mix
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
- 1 15-oz. can of tomato sauce
- 2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or brewer’s yeast (optional)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pour the tomato sauce into a pan on medium heat. Add taco seasoning mix, brewer’s or nutritional yeast, and half of the water. Thoroughly mix the cornstarch into the remaining water, dissolving all lumps. Add cornstarch water to the pan, stirring frequently until the sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat and enjoy!
- I typically add the nutritional or brewer’s yeast to the sauce because it is full of nutrients and it adds a savory, almost meat-like flavor to the dish, which tastes great on our vegetarian tacos. However, this ingredient is completely optional, especially if you are preparing the sauce for traditional, meat-based tacos. If you decide to leave out the nutritional yeast, you may find that you need to slightly reduce the amount of water.
- I recommend starting out with 2 tablespoons seasoning mix and testing for strength of flavor. From there, you can adjust to taste.