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Substituting seasonings?

If I have a recipe that calls for taco seasoning but there isn't any in the house, can I substitute chili seasoning instead?


Asked by Ballad at 12:52 PM on Jun. 12, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • You can, or you can see if you have the stuff to make your own. This is what goes in taco seasoning:  2 tablespoons chili powder

    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    That's Alton's recipe, btw.  We don't buy it in packets anymore, we just mix our own and keep it til we need it.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:56 PM on Jun. 12, 2013

  • Sure, it will just taste more like chilli than like taco.

    Answer by kmath at 12:56 PM on Jun. 12, 2013

  • It'll be a very different flavor, but I do things like that all the time. You could also look around online for recipes for homemade taco seasoning. I've made it before, but I can't remember all the ingredients. I'm thinking there was some cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic...but I'm sure there was more, too.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 12:57 PM on Jun. 12, 2013

  • Of course! sometimes substituting makes the recipe even better!


    Answer by older at 1:40 PM on Jun. 12, 2013

  • BTW, the cornstarch is more for storage and measuring. If you just wanted to add dashes of the other ingredients on the fly, it would still work.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:58 PM on Jun. 12, 2013

  • I make my own. Play roud with chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder. I also use chipotle powder.

    Answer by PandaGwen at 1:22 PM on Jun. 12, 2013