Get Creative in the Kitchen with DIY Taco Seasoning

Improvising can be a lot harder than it looks. (Just ask the cast of “Saturday Night Live”.) Going off-script in the kitchen can be especially challenging, at least at first—after all, what if you screw up and make something that doesn’t taste good?!

But once you get over those initial fears of failure—which is a lot easier once you remind yourself that you can always get takeout!—adding a spirit of adventure to your cooking will likely make the entire experience more enjoyable. Before you know it you’ll be adding a dash of this and a pinch of that to your home creations.

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But before you start yelling “Bam” like Emeril and dreaming up crazy-but-tasty flavor explosions, start small.

Brooke Randolph, LMHC, a home cook and frequent DietsInReview contributor, suggests beginning with a seasoning for taco fillings (meat or veggie—your choice). Even if it isn’t totally perfect on your first try, there’s still plenty of other flavors in the dish to make the meal a complete success!

Here are the ingredients she adds to her DIY taco seasoning. Combine a small amount of each of each then taste and decide what you want to add more of. Of course, because this is all about improvising, feel free to add any other ingredients you like, such as curry or oregano!

Brooke’s DIY Taco Seasoning:

  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
  • Onion powder (or fresh onion)
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Sea Salt

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