Jump Start on Cinco de Mayo

For the most part ML and I try to/have to stick to a fairly healthy diet which includes avoiding processed and/or packaged foods. This includes boxed dinners such as Hamburger Helper, deli meat, and packaged seasoning. (To learn more about our diet and how it has eliminated my migraines, see here.)

Mexican dishes are a favorite in our house, but there are a few store bought items we have to avoid when fixing a Mexican dish. One of these is packaged taco seasoning because it often contains MSG which is a trigger for my migraines. Thankfully, I have a recipe for an all natural taco seasoning mix. It is super easy and tastes as good if not better than the store bought stuff. Another plus is that you probably already have the needed spices on hand, so it costs practically nothing to make it.

I can’t take credit for the recipe because I found it on Allrecipes.com, but I wanted to share it with you because it is so easy and good! I did end up tweaking mine a little.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I didn’t have any on hand so I left this spice out.)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I added this for a little extra kick.)
On a spice level it is probably a mild to medium. So add a little extra chili powder or cayenne pepper for more spice.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then use as a substitute when a recipe calls for a packet of taco seasoning mix.
I told you it was easy! And by making your own, you avoid all the unnecessary chemicals and flavor enhancers. Plus it’s all natural and spices are loaded with tons of health benefits.
I made up a taco seasoning batch the other day and used it for this wonderful Taco Dip Dinner recipe I found at 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt.
I ended up pinning it to Pinterest and had to give it a try. Check out the link above for her recipe. It is really easy… perfect for a quick meal after work. I will definitely be using her recipe again. It also incorporates one of the healthy alternative/ less expensive techniques I have learned… adding a can of beans to the meat mixture.
Do you make your own seasoning mixes or stick to the store bought ones? Have you found any amazingly delicious Mexican dishes on Pinterest lately?

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11 thoughts on “Jump Start on Cinco de Mayo

    1. Krystle Post author

      Mexican is one of my favorites too! Sometimes I think it’s better homemade than from a restaurant.

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  1. Rachel@hammeringourwayhome

    This sounds so good! I am a sucker for those taco packets, but like you, (for health reasons), stick to a ‘natural’ diet as much as possible. I can’t wait to give this a whirl. But mostly, I was really excited to hear about someone healing themselves through diet. It stresses me out to think how many people are suffering while scarfing down McDonalds, etc. and not realizing how much a diet change might change their life.

    1. Krystle Post author

      It completely blew us away that I was able to eliminate all my migraines simply by changing my diet. I didn’t know what life was like without them but. Changing my diet accomplished something none of my medications were able too. I feel so blessed!

  2. Mary Beth Ketchum

    We had tacos last night with packet seasoning from the store!! AH! MSG is everywhere! I’ve been having head aches lately, and I remembered how eliminating MSG helped you, so it was added incentive to try to knock it out. I’ve just got to convince Michael its worth it! So did this recipe make enough for one taco dish, or do you have some to save?

    1. Krystle Post author

      It is completely worth it and after awhile you learn what is safe and forget about everything you can’t have. This seasoning makes enough for roughly a pound of meat. You could probably swap it out without telling him and he would never know the difference.

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