With the perfect blend of spices, including ancho chilis, chili powder, cumin, and paprika, this homemade chicken taco seasoning will have your tacos bursting with flavor. Say goodbye to store-bought seasoning packets and hello to a healthier, fresher, and more delicious option.
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Once you start making your own seasoning blends, you won't go back to the storebought stuff again! This blend is made specifically to complement and enhance the flavor of chicken.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Get ready to spice up your chicken tacos with these essential ingredients that make up a delicious homemade chicken taco seasoning blend.
- Chili Powder
- Dried Ancho Chilies - You can usually find these in or near the produce section. You can also use ancho chili powder but dried chilies seem to be much easier to find.
- Salt & Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Smoked Paprika - regular paprika will also work
- True Lime crystallized lime
See the recipe card for quantities.
To make this recipe you will need a small blender, food processor, or a mortar and pestle. if you don't have any of these you can get by simply by finely dicing the ancho chilies.
How to make chicken taco seasoning
Making homemade seasoning blends is seriously so easy, you may wonder why you haven't made them sooner!
Remove the stems from the dried chilies and place them in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to roughly chop them.
Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse the blender a few more times until the chilies are finely chopped and everything is combined.
To make chicken tacos, coat the chicken in the seasoning (use 2-3 tablespoons for each pound of chicken) and cook over medium-high heat in a lightly oiled skillet.
Store the seasoning in a sealed container at room temperature until you are ready for more tacos!
Tip: This is a mild seasoning blend. To make it spicier, add some dried cayenne powder to taste. You can find a list of peppers ranked from least to most heat here!
This is a milk seasoning. To make it even milder, use only one ancho chili. To make it spicier add dried cayenne or swap one or both of the ancho chilies for a spicier dried pepper such as Japones Chiles
Homemade chicken taco seasoning is a versatile spice blend that can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes, such as chicken fajitas, nachos, quesadillas, soups, stews, and even roasted vegetables.
Homemade seasoning blends, including chicken taco seasoning, can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. For maximum flavor and freshness, it's best to use the seasoning within the first 3-4 months.
Homemade Taco Seasoning for Chicken
- Remove the stems from the dried chilis. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor Pulse until the ancho chilis are finely ground. Use the seasoning immediately or transfer to a container with a lid and store it for later.
- To make chicken tacos, use 1-2 tablespoons of this seasoning per pound of meat. Cook the seasoning chicken in a large skillet with oil over medium-high heat.
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The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.