Preservative-Free Taco Seasoning

Throughout undergrad, I ate a lot of tacos. A lot!

I never stooped as low as Taco Bell tacos, mostly making my own with the practically unlimited supply of venison and taco seasoning my father provided me with EVERY time I went home. His bachelor eating style infringed on my own, and now I’ll forever have a soft spot in my heart for the soft taco.

The problem with all those little seasoning packets I went through is that they’re loaded with preservatives and other icky ingredients that no longer factor into my eat-clean style. The good news is that I’ve finally found an easy, cheap, make-anywhere alternative, and much to my surprise, it came from Ms. Rachael Ray! Never would have pinned her as one to support clean eating with preservative-free remixes on classic store-bought favorites.

Anyway, here’s the very simple recipe…

Makes enough seasoning for 1 pound of meat.


1 T chili powder

1 T ground cumin

1 T onion powder

1 T garlic powder

1/2 T or less crushed red pepper flakes


The funny thing is that all you do is measure and shake. Shake it up, baby now!

I put each ingredient into a tiny baby food jar I had saved and shook it up only a few times.

True to my single-serving style, I was only cooking a quarter pound of freshly ground venison on this particular evening, so I only used about a tablespoon of the mix and saved the rest for the next time I’m craving my favorite undergrad meal.

Hmm… Maybe a taco bar + margarita night is in order?


7 thoughts on “Preservative-Free Taco Seasoning

  1. This is an exciting recipe! I don’t care much about preservatives, but I want to be able to make my own seasoning so I’m not at the mercy of the spice manufacturers. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Hmmm, wonder what I should fix for dinner tonight…?

    I rejoice in the notion that intellectual light will spring up from the dark corners of the earth… Geo. Washington

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