Taco Seasoning

July 20, 2006

When I first moved to Kuwait 9-1/2 years ago, it was hard to find Mexican products outside of The Sultan Center and even then I would scramble to get my hands on a can of green chile before they would be out of stock for six months. These were the days before Just Ask and Aramex. You can easily buy Mexican food products now, but what exactly is in commercially prepared taco seasoning? Let’s see:

Maltodextrin, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, spice, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, yellow corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), natural flavor, ethoxyquin (preservative).

It has a whopping 560mg worth of sodium per serving and a serving is two teaspoons which is 1/6th of the packet. [Source: DietFacts.com]

See why it’s better to make it yourself? Good. Now here’s a copycat recipe for Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix that you can easily make at home, without MSG, preservatives or anticaking agents.

And here’s an all-purpose taco seasoning mix that you can use to season beef or chicken:

6 t chili powder
5 t paprika
4-1/2 t cumin
2-1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Mix by shaking well. Store in a cool dry place for up to six months.



  1. You are so right Stinni about all that sodium. Thanks for sharing the mix.

  2. That sounds like it would be really good. I’ll have to try it out.

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