Thew BEST multipurpose taco spice blend!

If you have seen our Instagram then you probably know that we are crazy about spice around here. Salsa, Sriracha, hot sauce- it’s ALL good. And we have found that as we try and reduce our meat consumption and consume more vegetables, Mexican inspired dishes are the best as they are bursting with flavor and never get boring to eat.

Since the taco seasonings in the store are so full of salt (and sometimes sugar) we have started to make our own spice mixture to add to veggies, taco fillings, chili and to use as a spice rub. It became pretty clear that we were using pretty much the same spice for all of these things so we decided to make a big old batch so that we could save even more time in the kitchen.

This is the mixture that we have been using but I would urge you to play around with it. The mixture I am about to list here is fiery hot!! We omit or only use a wee pinch when feeding the Littles.

Beyond the Taco Multipurpose Seasoning

Byond the Taco multipurpose Spice Mix from Big Tiny Steps

You will definitely want to play around with this list. We use this combination because I find that it works well for Tacos, Fajitas AND chili. Being a true lazy girl I want ONE SPICE TO RULE THEM ALL.



  • 2 cups chili powder
  • 1.5 cups cumin
  • 2 tbsp Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Salt
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne (be warned, its spicy!) *optional


Add all spices to a large container and shake up. Easy peasy!

Multipurpose Beyond the Taco Spice Mix

Ideas for this Spice Blend

This is no ordinary taco spice mix. It is amazing for quesadillas, chili, taco filling, and burrito bowls!

We also use it to make a really amazing spice rub. Since we have started eating less meat, we can take a single steak or piece of chicken and use it as garnish for different dishes. For burrito bowls we make the following spice rub, coat the meat and cook or BBQ.

Beyond the Taco Spice Rub

To make a spice rub with this seasoning blend just take 2-3 tbsps of the spice blend and add enough lime juice to make a paste (Approx. 1-2 tbsp). mix and use to coat. Cook/grill or BBQ for best results!

Beayong the Taco Multipurpose Spice Mix

So there you have it! A simple, easy, multipurpose taco spice blend that can save you even MORE time when eating healthy.

What are some of your favorite spice mixtures?


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  1. Mara July 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Looks good. We also like to make our own spice mixes for the same reasons.

  2. adventures July 13, 2017 at 4:09 am

    This looks so good! You had me at taco!

    1. MandiEm July 16, 2017 at 3:18 am

      Spice is life!!

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