I’ll be the first to say I am a very picky eater. Over the years I’ve gotten better, but I still qualify as a picky eater. I love the kind of food I grew up eating in Southeast Texas. I love good barbecue, burgers are always welcome, chicken fried steak is the best, steaks my absolute number one favorite thing. I’ll eat Italian, but no Chinese, no Indian, no Vietnamese, know anything like that. International food is not my thing; however, I’ll eat Italian and, and I love Mexican. Tex-Mex is probably the better description.
I don’t care for sweets; I love savory flavors. In fact, the seasonings that are used most in my kitchen are cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, pasilla powder, and ancho powder.
Getting back on track, there were so many times I was ready to fix something like tacos, and I would realize I didn’t have taco seasoning packets. So irritating! Eventually, I got smart and decided to make my own, and I’m so glad I did! Store-bought packets have ingredients I don’t want in my food and really aren’t all that flavorful. For a long time, I just used whatever recipe I found. Every taco seasoning recipe has pretty much the same ingredients with the only difference being the amounts of each.
A few years ago, I noticed the store had some new things on the shelf. I never expected to find chipotle, ancho, and pasilla powders in St. Louis. I was so excited about finding these gems! I use them in different ways, but I really love them in my seasoning mix. Don’t be afraid of the heat in my concoction; it’s really not anywhere as spicy hot as it might sound. It’s mainly just very flavorful without burning your taste buds.
This will make approximately 7 tablespoons. I don’t like making small amounts because I don’t want to have to make it every time I need it. It’s enough for two recipes, maybe three. I often make more than this because I use it a lot, but this is a pretty good amount if you’re not going to be using it all the time. And it’s easy to divide down and make smaller amounts. Oh, and don’t use it only for tacos! I used it in a taco pasta dish tonight. The flavor is amazing!
Savory Taco Seasoning
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
2 teaspoons ancho powder
2 teaspoons pasilla powder.
Fiddle with the amounts to get it just like you like it.
I put mine in a little glass container with a plastic lid. And then I just shake it all up, and it’s ready to go. If you taste it off the spoon or off the tip of your finger, you might find it a bit spicy, but that’s because it’s the only thing you’re tasting. Once you put it in your dish, you’ll get the flavor without the heat. You won’t have to run for a fire extinguisher for your mouth I promise.
P.S. (The other seasoning I could not live without is made by a little company back home in Beaumont, Texas. Tex-Joy makes seasonings and coffee. Their Steak Seasoning is amazing! Steaks cooked at home with Tex-Joy are as good or even better than anything you’ll find in a restaurant. Click here to check them out. They have other seasonings and coffee I’m sure you’ll love.)