Spice Essentials: Sodium-Free Taco Seasoning

Andy Anderson !


This is a great taco seasoning, because not only does it allow you control the heat; in addition, you get to control the sodium.

Most store-bought taco seasonings are absolutely loaded with salt; however, in this recipe, you are in control.

If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, leave it out, or just use a pinch or two… The seasoning will still taste good.

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


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5 Min
No-Cook or Other




  • 2 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or red-pepper flakes

  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    paprika, smoked variety
  • 1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions, crushed
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    garlic powder

How to Make Spice Essentials: Sodium-Free Taco Seasoning


  2. It is all in the Chili Powder:
    There are a lot of good chili powders in the market, and you probably have a favorite; although I usually make my own, two of my store-bought favorites are:
    • Red New Mexico Hatch Chili Powder
    • Mexene Chili Powder

    If you cannot find these locally, they are available through Amazon, and if you are a Prime member, shipping is free.

    Is this a great country, or what?

    This is my homemade version:
    DIY Kick Butt Chili Powder
  3. This recipe will produce about 8.5 tablespoons of taco spice, and be enough to fill one standard spice bottle and about half of another.

    When a spice runs out, I scrape the label off the old bottle, and throw it in the dishwater, then when I make a new spice mix, I have a jar to store it in.
  4. A certain percentage of the population does not like cumin. If you are one of those folks (I am not), then just leave it out, and add a bit more of the other spices, to compensate.
  5. If you do not have any smoked paprika, I suggest going with a sweet version. But, this ingredient, to me, is important to the overall flavor of the spice mix.
  6. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Use a spice blender, or mortar and pestle, to crush up the dehydrated onions.
  8. Mix with the other dry spices, place in a tightly-sealed container, and store in a cool dry place, away from sunlight, until needed.
  10. Use in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning.

    FYI: Those packets of taco seasoning that you get at the grocer, each contain 2 tablespoons of seasoning. So, doing the math, you have an equivalent of 4 packets. Enjoy.
  11. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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