When you make it yourself, taco seasoning is full of anti-oxidants and immune boosting spices without preservatives or other added ingredients for flavor or coloring. This is not the case when you buy it in a store. Pre-packaged taco seasonings often contain completely unnecessary ingredients, some of which can be harmful to your health. Luckily, many companies have recognized the folly of this and begun removing some of these ingredients. This doesn’t mean you are cool to go out and buy some for your next taco night. Here are some of the ingredients that have no business being in your tacos.
- Whey (milk)
- Potato Starch or Modified Corn Starch
- Citric Acid
- Autolyzed Yeast Extract (a sneaky name for MSG)
- Natural Flavor
- Caramel Color (sulfites)
Some of these are not too bad for your health, but beg the question, WHY? And just the fact that they’ve taken to calling MSG, “Autolyzed Yeast Extract” is shady at best…And natural flavors? Why can’t they just say what flavors they are?
So if you want to avoid these weird, unnecessary ingredients in your next taco night, you can start making your own. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes since all you have to do is mix up a bunch of spices. We usually make a pint mason jar, which lasts a while. Click here for our Taco Seasoning Recipe