Most taco seasonings contain a negligible amount of carbs when used in a recipe, but store bought packets may contain ingredients that aren’t truly compliant with a low carb or keto diet. Learn more about taco seasoning and grab the recipe below.
How do you make taco seasoning?
Oh this is such an easy question to answer. Simply combine the right selection of dried spices together and voila! Keep reading to see just how easy it is to make your own seasoning.
Is Taco Seasoning Keto?
Taco seasoning in general will fit into a low carb or keto diet. The amount of carbs in a serving is likely negligible no matter what brand you use. But most packaged taco seasonings contain more than just the dried spices themselves, they often contain corn starch, flour, processed oils and preservatives.
If you are just counting carbs, you are fine using most taco seasonings, but if ingredients matter, you will want to read the label, and then most likely make your own. Homemade taco seasoning has similar net carbs but doesn’t contain those added ingredients that are not compliant with a strict keto diet.
What are the ingredients in Old El Paso Taco Seasoning?
According to their website, Old El Paso Taco Seasoning contains the following ingredients:
Chili pepper, salt, maltodextrin, spice, onion powder, corn starch, yellow corn flour. Contains less than 2% of: partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), sunflower and/or cottonseed oil, natural flavor, ethoxyquin (preservative).
What is the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?
Depending on how particular you are, you could interchange taco seasoning and fajita seasoning, but in theory, fajita seasoning is a bit sweeter than taco seasoning. They have many of the same base ingredients, but fajita seasoning also has added white or brown sugar.
We also have a popular Adobo Seasoning that is frequently used in Mexican recipes.
How do I store homemade taco seasoning?
Homemade seasonings should stay fresh for a few months in an airtight jar. The adorable jars below are perfect for storing your own homemade seasonings plus they come with chalkboard labels!
Can you use taco seasoning as fajita seasoning?
You certainly can use taco seasoning as fajita seasoning in a pinch. But it’s also pretty easy to add a quick teaspoon of sugar to it for a more authentic fajita experience.
Is taco seasoning and chili seasoning the same?
Much like fajita seasoning, chili seasoning is pretty similar to taco seasoning but tends to have more of a focus on chili powder and less of the other ingredients found in taco seasoning.
Can I use chili powder instead of taco seasoning?
You can use chili powder instead of taco seasoning but it will be much spicier if you use the same quantity and it won’t have the same depth of flavor. You likely have most of the ingredients needed for taco seasoning on hand, you may as well take an extra couple of minutes and make it yourself.
How do you make easy taco seasoning?
Taco seasoning uses ingredients you likely have at home. You combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper together in specific quantities you have and easy recipe that takes just a couple of minutes to throw together.
How long does homemade taco seasoning last?
Homemade taco seasoning will stay fresh in an airtight container for a couple of months. So long as it’s kept dry it will probably last longer, but the spices may lose some flavor and potency.
Taco seasoning recipe
Low Carb Taco Seasoning
- Mix together all ingredients in a jar or small bowl.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
- Use entire recipe per 1 lb of ground beef.