Is McCormick Hot Taco Seasoning any good?
Yes! This spice blend offers an exceptionally affordable way to add instant flavor to quick dishes. That said, it does so with no small amount of salt – do keep an eye on the sodium.
Despite the fact I am a huge spice and herb obsessive (seriously you should see my overflowing spice cupboard) there are times I just want to reach for something simple and quick. Nothing comes close to beating a quality, fresh spice, and I use The Spice House (affiliate link, we get a referral fee on purchases) in Chicago routinely when I’m making something specific. You should check them out.
All that said, for those times when I simply want a blended hit of flavor quickly, lets say for a lunch dish when time is short – this spice blend from McCormick often fills a need for me. It’s cheap and balanced perfectly for tacos (duh!) or similar.
Sure, the makeup here is salt forward, and that’s more than likely why it taste so good. Those keeping an eye on sodium should take notice for sure. In terms of heat, I’d rate this hot blend as not much more than mild. Only those exceptionally delicate might consider this hot.
McCormick Hot Taco Seasoning – packaging, ingredients, nutrition
What can I make with McCormick Hot Taco Seasoning
I find this spice blend works fabulously with MorningStar Farms crumblers – adding a quick hit of flavor. In turn, two of my favorite quick lunch dishes are Sloppy Joe’s with the seasoned veggie meat or a salad with a similar topping.
Just pan fry the crumbles till unfrozen, add a little of the the spice mix for one minute, then pour a little water over and cook till absorbed for 5-7 minutes or so; you’ll have a deliciously flavored veggie meat, one that might even fool meat eaters too.
What’s a fair price for McCormick Hot Taco Seasoning
I have seen this as low as 78 cents at my local Walmart. At that price there’s no reason to not always keep a packet or two on hand for an instant flavor hit.
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