Did you know that conventional packaged taco seasoning contains all kinds of creepy things?
Old El Paso Taco Seasoning’s first ingredient is maltodextrin, meaning there is more of this in the product than any other ingredient. Maltodextrin along with modified cornstarch, dextrose and corn oil are corn products and should be avoided, as they are all ingredients derived from corn. The percentage of genetically modified corn is just too high — more than 85% of the corn now grown and consumed in the U.S. is genetically engineered. GMO corn grows its own pesticide within the kernels so that insects won’t eat it…and much of the world declines to import or feed it’s people this “super-corn.”
Here is the ingredient list for Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning versus the ingredients in homemade taco seasoning:
Maltodextrin, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, spice, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, yellow corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), natural flavor, ethoxquin (preservative) vs. Chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, oregano
The last ingredient in the commercial product, ethoxquin, is used as a pesticide!
Instead, try this simple mix of things you already have in your seasoning cupboard. I mix this up and store it in an airtight container. It’s easily doubled or tripled, and can be used to taste to season your favorite recipes:
Traditional Taco Blend
2 TBSP chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp oregano
Another option is this ChiChi’s CopyCat Blend. I often choose this as an alternative because we find the flavor to be appealing to both the kids and adults in our home. Additionally, I prefer to season large batches with this as it translates so well into breakfast bakes, soups, potato toppings, and pastas IF there are any leftovers.
ChiChi CopyCat Blend