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A couple weeks ago I made up a couple batches of “homemade” taco seasoning and Italian dressing mix (the dry kind). I like the idea of having more control over seasonings like these, and I especially like controlling the sodium myself. Both recipes turned out well, with good flavor and similar to store bought versions.

Here is the recipe for the taco seasoning that I used:


  • 4      teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 3      teaspoons chili powder
  • 1      teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1      teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1      teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2      teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8      teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.

To make, mix 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix with 1-1 1/2 lbs. ground meat/chicken/turkey. Adjust seasoning, as needed.

And here is the Italian dressing mix:

Italian Dressing Mix

  • 1      tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1      tablespoon white sugar
  • 2      tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1      teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4      teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1      teaspoon dried basil
  • 1      tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4      teaspoon celery salt


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Store in a tightly sealed container.

To prepare dressing, whisk together 1/4 cup white vinegar (I use rice wine vinegar-it has a very mild flavor), 2/3 cup oil, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of the dry mix.