This homemade Keto Taco spice mix is so easy to make and will be a convenient addition to any keto-friendly recipe. This recipe does not contain sugar, cornstarch, fillers, or preservatives like store-bought ones, which makes it low in carbs but still has a bold flavor!
HOW TO MAKE HOME KETO TACO SPICES
Wow! I had no idea a packaged taco spice could have SO MANY CARBOHYDRATES! (Though I would still use it in a heartbeat as I have to pick my battles.) This homemade taco spice recipe is keto / low carb friendly and sugar free and contains no fillers! If you do it in bulk, this equates to 6-9 packs of taco seasoning, depending on whether you use 2 or 3 tablespoons each time.
The best thing about homemade taco seasoning is that you know EXACTLY what's in it - and what doesn't help you stick to the keto diet. In addition, it contains less carbohydrates than taco spice packs, and is cheaper in the long run.
IS TACO SPICING KETO FRIENDLY?
I use this homemade keto taco spice in many of my recipes, such as my Keto Taco Salad and these Keto Low Carb Taco Cups. With that said, store bought taco spice packs are NOT 100% keto friendly. They often contain ingredients that people who adhere to the keto lifestyle avoid, such as starches, canola oil, sugar, maltodextrin, fillers and preservatives! Eeek!
This keto friendly taco mix is very low in carbohydrate content and can be made in bulk as a cheaper alternative to these packaged mixes. It only takes a few minutes to make it in bulk. I often triple or quadruple a recipe to make it last a long time, making it just as convenient as taco spice kits you buy at a store like Old El Paso or McCormick. This mix is of course gluten free.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN "TACO SPICES"
Even if you're not a "seasoned" cook (ha, pun intended), making homemade spices is super easy! You simply arrange the spices from the recipe card below in some container and then mix everything so that the spices are combined. Then, you'll have your very own keto-friendly taco spice readily available in your spice cabinet for months!
Did you know that creating spice mixes is not only healthier but also cheaper? Plus, the spices last for months, so preparing this taco spice in large quantities is self-explanatory, especially if you're always making taco inspired keto meals like we do!
WHAT'S IN KETO TACO SPICE?
The taco seasoning consists of several Mexican spices as well as salt and pepper. It's bold, a bit spicy and full of flavor!
Ingredients for taco seasoning:
- ground cumin
- chili powder
- paprika or smoked
- onion powder
- dried ground onion
- garlic powder
- dried oregano
- flakes of red pepper
- pink salt
- black pepper (or cayenne if you like spicy)
This DIY taco seasoning is very versatile, so the proportions are easy to adjust if you like sharper spice mixes or with less salt.
Once all your spices are mixed, you can use it just like you would normally use a store bought taco condiment pack. Each pack contains about 2-3 tablespoons of spices, so if a recipe requires one pack, you can simply use as much or less as you like for each pound of ground beef. It also works great with chicken.
HOW TO STORE SPICE TACO
Store homemade keto taco spices in a cool, dry place along with other spices. It's a great idea to use old spice containers! Next time you use up all of your oregano or garlic powder, don't throw the container away. Clean it up instead and add some taco seasoning instead! Just make sure the inside of the container is completely dry, otherwise the spices will stick inside.
Use a permanent marker or a piece of paper and tape to label the taco spice bottle. Or, if you have them, a cute little mason jar is also used to store spices! Spice is best used within three months, but technically it never goes bad. After this time, they will just lose some power.
1/2 cup of chili powder
2/4 cup of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoons of onion powder
1 teaspoon of dried ground onion
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of coriander
2 2/4 teaspoons of dried oregano
2 teaspoons of flakes of crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons of pink salt
2 tbsp pepper If you like spicy, mash part of the black cayenne pepper
Place everything in a jar or storage container and shake it.
Two to three tablespoons of this spice mixture, equivalent to one packet of spices.
This recipe is about 6-9 servings depending on whether you are using 2 or 3 tablespoons of the spice mix per recipe. The nutritional information provided is for two tablespoons.
How to Store Taco Seasoning
Store homemade taco seasoning in a cool, dry place along with other seasonings. It's a great idea to use old spice containers! Spices are best used within three months, but technically they never go bad. After this time, they will just lose some power.
Serving Size: 2 TB | Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 1g | Saturated fat: 1g | Sodium: 2339 mg | Potassium: 99 mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 1.4 mg | Calcium: 25 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg