Taco seasoning typically contains the following staples: chili powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Because all of these items are commonly located in a well-stocked spice cabinet, individuals can make basic taco seasoning at home without spending extra money on specialty blends sold at the grocery store.
One of the chief advantages to making one's own taco seasoning is that added chemicals and preservatives are avoided. This is particularly true of excess salt, or even MSG, an ingredient located in many prepared brands. Additionally, people making their own taco seasoning control the level of spice, catering both to sensitive stomachs as well as those willing to crank up the heat factor.
To reproduce the volume of a commonly available 1.25 ounce packet, mix together 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper (cayenne or chili flake), 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Also add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano and 1 teaspoon black pepper, if extra heat is desired.
To make enough for future use, quadruple this recipe, and store it in an airtight container in the pantry. For an added earthy, somewhat flowery note common to Mexican cuisine, consider adding a small amount of ground coriander as well.