Taco Seasoning Mix

by Elin B via flickr

Ever find yourself in desperate need of tacos but the only thing you’re missing in the seasoning packet? Worry no more! Mix up this batch of taco seasoning and use it in whatever quantity you like, with whatever fillings you like: tempeh, TVP, veggies, black beans, etc. Make it more spicy by adding more chili flakes, cayenne and/or chipotle. Make it more mild by adding less. Want smoky southwest style tacos? Substitute chipotle and smoked paprika for chili flakes and regular paprika. On a low-sodium diet? Don’t use as much salt. Take control over your tacos!

Store in the cupboard in a sealed container. Use within a couple of months (but that shouldn’t really be a problem, right?)

Taco Seasoning Mix

Time commitment: a couple of minutes

Makes: the equivalent of 4 packets of taco seasoning


  • 4 T. chili powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. chili flakes, cayenne, or chipotle powder
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 2 T. ground cumin
  • 4 t. salt
  • 4 t. ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a sealable container.
  2. When you’re ready to use, measure two tablespoons plus two teaspoons of seasoning mix for every normal-sized batch of taco filling: about a cup of rehydrated TVP; two cans of beans, rinsed and drained; an 8-oz. package of tempeh, crumbled; half a brick of extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled. Use the way you’d normally use taco seasoning: adding it to the water or broth if using TVP or adding to sautéed beans, tempeh or tofu with a little water.
  3. Store leftover seasoning mix in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
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