Homemade Essentials: Smokey Taco Seasoning

Andy Anderson !


This seasoning will work nicely with pork, beef, or chicken. It has a wonderful smoky flavor with just the perfect amount of heat.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1/4 c
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 2 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    mild paprika
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp
    dehydrated onions, ground to a powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    ground cayenne pepper

How to Make Homemade Essentials: Smokey Taco Seasoning


  2. Storage of homemade condiments and spices
    Because homemade spices and condiments do not contain any preservatives, it is important to store them properly. Non-reactive (glass) containers with tight-fitting lids are a must. If I am making a dry spice, I love to use old spice bottles that I have run through the dishwasher.

    If I am doing homemade sauces, I love using Weck jars. They are all glass, come in all sizes and shapes, and have excellent leakproof lids. If you shop online, you can go to Amazon, and type in “Weck Jars” and you will find a ton of them.

    Dry spices should be kept in a cool space, away from sunlight (spice cabinet), and sauces, in most cases, should be stored in the fridge.

    If properly stored, this taco spice should last 6 – 8 months.
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add all of the ingredients to a spice grinder.
  5. Mix until combined.
  6. Store in a non-reactive container until needed.
  8. When mixing with ground beef, pork, or chicken, use about 1 – 2 tablespoons per pound. Enjoy.
  9. When mixing with ground beef, pork, or chicken, use about 1 – 2 tablespoons per pound. Enjoy.

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