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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning! And Why You Shouldn't Eat Store Bought!

Updated on May 18, 2014

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning!

Looking at the back of taco seasoning packets gives me the creeps. Half of the things in the ingredients looks like it would be found in a chem lab. So I love making it from home! You should have everything in the ingredients list so it is easy and delicious! It goes well on both ground beef/turkey and veggies! I love sprinkling it into some sour cream and cream cheese and making a dip for veggies! This seasoning is so versatile the list could go on and on as to what you can do with this simple and easy taco seasoning.

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Image was taken by me. My home made taco seasoning!
Image was taken by me. My home made taco seasoning!

I absolutely adore this recipe! It is cheap, easy and it isn't going to fill my families body with toxic chemicals. Because my family is vegan we stick to putting it on cooked veggies, but when I have cooked for friends and family and used it in taco meat they loved it!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt
  • 4 teaspoons of Pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 5 teaspoons of Ground Cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a freezer bag and shake until mixed well!
  2. Feel free to put into an empty spice container or leave in the baggie.

Commonly Found In Store Bought Taco Seasonings! Reader Beware!

When I decide to put something into my body, I want to make sure that it is going to benefit me, and not drag me down. I had never really thought about looking into what is in taco seasoning until recently, and I must say I was shocked! I wanted to make sure that people were aware of what exactly they are feeding to their families. When I looked on the back of many leading taco seasoning packages this is what I found:

Maltodextrin- Usually derived from a treated grain starch like corn or sugar, Maltodextrin is an additive used to extend a content's shelf life, and gives food a fatty taste complex to the food it is added to. Even though it isn't considered a sugar it beats out common table sugar on the glycemic index, in fact it doubles it at 130! If you take a look at the back of most of your store bought taco seasonings this is the FIRST ingredient!

Monosodium Glutamate- AKA MSG!!! This is where it is a benefit to know your facts. When the FDA found out what people were saying about MSG they allowed companies to disguise it under several different names. MSG is a messy little substance used to flavor food. Little do most people know that it isn't the seasoning that tastes good necessarily but the MSG stimulating the brain as an excitocin, causing your brain to release an excess of dopamine! This gives your body a feeling of euphoria and well being, making it highly addictive and dangerous. It's effect on on the bodies' ability to recognize leptin, (the hormone that tells your body to stop eating, that you are full) almost guarantees it's consumers will consume more than they are supposed to, inducing weight gain and has been shown to contribute to the obesity epidemic greatly.

Silicon Dioxide- Ooh! Yummy sand! Yup it's sand or a "mineral" that is used to keep the seasoning "de-clumped"

Ethoxyquin- Ethoxyquin is used in a lot of products that contain chili or paprika, to preserve the beautiful colors these spices give off. Unfortunately it is also a pesticide! Although the FDA hasn't released anything saying that it harms the body, I just prefer not to eat the crap.

I found that this was very informative for those of us who would like to learn a little bit more about MSG and the effects it has on our bodies.

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"I want to feed my kid something that is real and not processed. It's hard to do. People are working and busy. The question is: Is it worth it? Is it worth stopping at the farm stand or supermarket to buy fresh ingredients?"

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— Tom Colicchio

A Bit About Me!

Now I don't know about you but I try and avoid chemical additives in my food, and prefer to eat whole natural foods. My body doesn't do well when I put chemicals into it, and believe it or not, not many people's bodies actually do. When I first started switching over to cleaning the processed foods out of my diet, I was surprised at how amazing I felt afterwards. My energy levels were boosted, I started losing weight pretty quickly, and I was able to think clearly. I didn't even know that most of these issues I was having were directly correlated by what I was eating.

Cutting out the processed junk wasn't easy at first and I battled it, and still sometimes do. When I do give into temptations though I always feel horrible after. When I was in college I had several friends who had come from different countries to attend my university. When they got here we would all talk about how when they moved to the United States the food made them sick.

This is because in most countries they have outlawed a lot of the chemical additives that we as Americans consume, generally without knowledge. So I was curious to see if maybe eating processed, chemically laden foods was the cause of all of the issues I was facing. Not only was I dealing with the above listed issues but I was also having problems with my stomach that was causing me to throw up after every meal. Doctors couldn't diagnose it and shoved it off as I was either stressed, or I was making it up. Once I cut out everything that wasn't natural I all of a sudden wasn't having those issues anymore. I then eventually went vegan then raw vegan, and I feel amazing!

I am not a doctor and I can't recommend anything to any one but through my own experience there are so many ailments that can be adjusted with just a little clean up of diet. If you wouldn't eat chemicals strait why would you eat them when they are incorporated into your food?

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      We too make our own. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Great lens. We're now buying only organic foods. And we still read the labels carefully to make sure there aren't any sneaky additives. I'm also very concerned about GMOs, especially since the big food companies spent tens of millions to prevent people from knowing that this junk is in their foods. So we do all we can to avoid GMOs.