Monday, August 25, 2014

Make your own taco seasoning

If you are a little bit like me: skeptical to ridiculous long ingredient lists, and with an interest for saving money, this recipe might be perfect for you. Buying taco seasoning is not a huge expense, but for years I have been making my own, and I like to think I am saving money. It also feels good to know exactly what goes in my dinner. The recipe is super easy, and all the special equipment you need is a mortar and pestle.


This makes a little bit more than a normal spice jar you get in the store here in Norway.

4 Cloves (nellikspiker)
4 tsp Coriander seed (korianderfrø)
20 Pepper corn (pepperkorn)
4 tsp Cumin seed (spisskummenfrø)

3 tsp Paprika spice, ground
2 tsp Chili powder (or more or less according to your taste)
2 tsp Salt

First, roast the whole spices in a hot and dry frying pan. This will bring out the flavors. If you dont have whole spices, ground ones will do as well. For this batch I used ground cumin - actually, I might never have used whole cumin...
Grind the whole spices with a mortar and pestle.
Mix all the spices and transfer to a glass jar for storage.

You will probably need much less of this spice mix compared to the packets you buy in the store. I sprinkle some over the meat when cooking, so my advice is to start with a little and taste as you go.

PS. Spice and Herb illustration by Gayana 


  1. Ein unngår mykje salt, og ein god del e-stoff på denne måten. Min forrige ladning vart dessverre litt sterk, litt mykje chilipulver...

    1. Har gått på den same smellen sjølv. Slik går det når det einaste ein har Extra Hot Chilikrydder...


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