AIP Taco Seasoning (Nightshade-Free, Paleo, Whole30)
If you’ve been missing tacos and looking for a good AIP taco seasoning, this recipe is for you! I’ve noticed some other homemade nightshade-free taco seasonings out there that have a lot of ingredients and some of them are hard to find. Plus, many of them just aren't taco-y enough. To be fair, coming up with a taco seasoning recipe without nightshade or seed-based spices is really hard!
I wanted to come up with something that uses common ingredients and not too many ingredients in general. Most importantly, I wanted something that tastes at least close to taco seasoning.
This stuff is bursting with flavor. As will most of my recipes, I had my kids try it and got their seal of approval. I mixed the seasoning up with some ground beef and they scarfed it down, then asked for more.
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What Spices Are Not Allowed on AIP?
Taco seasoning is a tricky item when it comes to AIP because many of the key spices typically used are not compliant. Nightshade and seed-based spices are not allowed on AIP.
Some non-compliant seasonings and spices include:
- Anise Seed
- Annatto Seed
- Celery Seed
- Chili Pepper Flakes
- Chili Powder
- Chipotle Powder
- Coriander Seed
- Cumin Seed
- Curry Powder
- Dill Seed
- Garam Masala
- Poppy Seed
For a printable PDF of "yes" and "no" AIP foods, including spices, go here.
AIP Taco Seasoning Ingredients
I don’t use marjoram for a lot of things but it was one herb I hadn’t tried in a taco seasoning yet. It turned out to be perfect for this blend.
Cilantro isn't the first thing I think of when it comes to taco seasoning, but it just works in this blend.
Garlic powder is in most taco seasonings so I used it here making sure not to overdo it though.
As with the garlic powder, this needs to be included in the blend but in just the right amount. I didn’t want it to overpower the seasoning mix.
Turmeric brings warmth to this blend in the absence of nightshades and gives it an orangish tint like real taco seasoning.
I use pink Himalayan sea salt but any kind is fine. Just make sure it's fine grain.
Tip: For a more even-textured spice blend, you can put this mixture in a spice grinder and pulse it a few times.
I hope you love this recipe. If you tried it, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!
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- Combine spices in a small bowl and use in recipes as needed.