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Taco seasoning is a blend of spices that is used to flavor tacos. The most common spices used in taco seasoning are chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt. Other spices that may be used in taco seasoning include paprika, black pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
The first recorded recipe for taco seasoning was in a cookbook published in Mexico in the early 1920s. The cookbook, Cocina regional mexicana, included a recipe for “taco seasoning” that was made with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt.
It is believed that the first taco seasoning mix commercially available in the United States was created by William Gebhardt in the 1930s. Gebhardt was the owner of a spice company and he created a spice blend that he called “Mexican Seasoning”. This blend was made with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt.
When making taco seasoning, it is important to find the right balance of ingredients. Start by adding the base ingredients of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Then, you can further customize your seasoning blend by adding oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper for a more complex blend. Be sure to mix all of the ingredients together before adding to your dish and adjust the amount of each ingredient to your desired taste. Finally, let the seasoning sit for about 10 minutes before using to allow the flavors to meld together.
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