I’ve seen several versions of this recipe floating around the Internet and, as always, I pin them to a board on Pinterest with the full intention of making them. Well, you know what they say about good intentions. 🙂 I’m so proud of me for trying this one, though. This particular taco seasoning is a keeper! More than plain old taco seasoning, it has an almost cheese-like flavor that I wouldn’t have expected, since it has zero cheese in it. That rich flavor comes from a secret that vegans have known about for a long time — nutritional yeast flakes. Apparently, there are a lot of recipes out there that call for “powdered cheese”. I’ve never run across any, but have it on good authority that they exist. 🙂 Vegans have found that nutritional yeast is a tasty and nutritious substitute.
Nutritional yeast is loaded with vitamins, minerals and proteins and it’s a completely natural food. It is NOT the same thing as baker’s yeast, for making bread, or brewer’s yeast; so please don’t try to use either of those as a substitute. Nutritional yeast grows on sugar cane and beet molasses. It’s heated to deactivate it, after it’s harvested. Nutritional yeast is a good source of B vitamins, folate and niacin. It contains 18 amino acids, 9 of which make it a complete protein. It’s a source of fiber and contains glutathione and other compounds, which are associated with enhanced immunity, reduced cholesterol levels and cancer prevention. It is dairy-free, soy-free and gluten free.
While I wouldn’t say this recipe is a dead-ringer for Doritos, as a lot of people have claimed it is, we do ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. It is so much better than plain old packets of taco seasoning and yes, we have made our own chips with this and it’s fantastic! I would never put the commercially available packets of taco seasoning on chips (the flavor just lacks “something”), but something about the nutritional yeast in this recipe adds another delicious layer of flavor that is so satisfying and “finished”. It’s as good on popcorn as it is on chips and your homemade burritos and tacos will get standing ovations. Really… start practicing your curtsy. Just sayin’. 🙂
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 teaspoons salt
- Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. I actually just toss it all in my blender and whir it together. That way everything has the same consistency and combines evenly.
- Use this instead of commercial taco seasoning in any dish or recipe. It's so much better for you and the taste is fantastic!
- Store it in a pint-sized mason jar or a zip-top bag.
HOW TO MAKE TACO CHIPS:
It’s pretty simple to use this seasoning to make your own Taco Chips. I use 6 (6-inch) white corn tortillas and 1/4 cup of olive oil along with a couple Tablespoons of the seasoning. Brush the tortillas with olive oil (both sides). Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut each in tortilla into eight sections. Sprinkle the chips with the taco seasoning (both sides) and arrange in a single a layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the chips are lightly browned and crisp.
Cool and serve. Makes 48 chips.