Changing the way we eat has meant looking at every single thing we consume to determine whether or not it is “real food.” This scrutiny is even applied to spices and spice mixes.
Take a look at what’s in a package of Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix:
Wheat, Flour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Maltodextrin, Chili Peppers, Spice, Dried Onions, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide As An Anticaking Agent, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid.
There’s a whole lot of junk in there besides spices!! I’m sure you’ve heard of Monosodium Glutamate, aka MSG, and how bad it is for you. And if you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll need to stay away from this mix since it contains wheat.
The mix also contains Maltodextrin (an artificial sweetener), sugar, and other additives.
When I come across items like this seasoning mix, I ask myself “would I go to the store and buy the individual ingredients in this item?” If the answer is “no,” I simply don’t buy it.
When was the last time you went to the store to buy malic acid and MSG?
So, what’s the alternative??
Homemade taco seasoning!! It’s a lot easier to make than you’d think! Plus, it’s less expensive and healthier! And, personally, I think it tastes WAY better than the mixes. Win-win-win-win!
I use this homemade taco seasoning all. the. time. I use it to season beef for taco salad and nachos, mixed into refried beans for burritos or seven-layer dip, or for anything that just needs a little more flav-uh!
Rather than digging out all of my spices every time I make tacos, I like to make up a large batch of this seasoning and store it in a half pint mason jar in my spice cupboard.