AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free

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One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

Today's recipe is something that I didn't think was possible — an AIP Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe.

One of the things that really spices up a meal (pun intended) is seasoning blends.  With the right seasoning mix, you can turn plain meats, veggies, eggs, or a salad, into something really special.

And one of our favorite seasonings is taco seasoning, however if you're on the AIP diet, regular taco seasoning is out of the picture. It's laden with peppers and seeds, both of which are off-limits on the AIP diet, but I love all things taco, so I really wanted to develop this.

It's been years since I have bought taco seasoning in the store — we actually buy very little processed food at all.  Instead, we've used this Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend for years, and it has served us well.

Problem is, that about a year ago, I started looking at the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (otherwise known as the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, or the AIP Diet, or AIP for short), and that changed everything.

My Life with Special Diets

For those of you who don't know about the AIP Diet, it can be tough. I've been on a number of special diets over the years, but this one is just about the hardest one.

My special diet journey started with my son's life-threatening food allergies that manifested themselves in severe eczema when he was an infant.  I removed the top allergenic offenders from my diet so that the proteins wouldn't be present in my breastmilk, and his skin healed miraculously.  Basically I removed wheat, egg, dairy, soy, fish, nuts, and peanuts from my diet.  Tough, but doable.

Then later, when it was clear that I had major issues with candida, I went on the candida diet.  This was hard in a different way, but with alternative sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and the like, it's very manageable once you get rolling.

I've tried GAPS for my oldest at one point. That was hard.

And Paleo.  Hard, but mostly tough since I have to always be mindful of the candida thing.

But AIP.


I'll tell you more later, but I ended up trying the AIP diet on the advice of a top blogger who knew of my struggles with Thyroid Disease and Adrenal Fatigue.  She had done the AIP Diet for awhile and said it was a huge help, so I tried.

And it was hard.  Again, mostly because I have the whole candida “thang” going on, which means you have to avoid loads of fruits, yucca, tapioca, cassava, and such things in excess, and they are the backbone of so much that is AIP.

Spices are hard too since you technically are supposed to not eat nightshades or seeds, and so many of the lovely fragrant, intense spices are just those.

Spices like:

chili peppers,
and paprika.

Yup – all my favorites.

Perhaps they are yours too?

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

So — since I'm totally not into boooooring food, this recipe came about out of necessity for something really fun and tasty to spice up “meat and veggies”.  Even though I am not totally following the AIP Diet right now, you never know when that might happen again, and I really wanted to have this in my back pocket. Plus, with the growth in autoimmune disorders in today's society (due to the perfect storm of gut health and overall health insults), I really wanted to make this available to those who are desperately trying to heal, but are finding their diet to be less than appealing.

Whether you are on the AIP Diet or not, you will enjoy this blend — guaranteed.

My youngest, in fact, told me it was the best seasoning I have ever made.  Now, he might say that in a few months about another seasoning, but he really liked it.  And that's a good sign :).

Serve this on tacos (of course), on other meats, as the seasoning for Homemade Sausage Patties, on salads, veggies… really on anything savory.  And if you're not grain-free you could have it on popcorn as well, or as a blend to put on Homemade Kale Chips.

The possibilities are endless.

Oh, and while you're at it, here are great recipes for AIP Taco Shells and AIP Tortillas.   So you're all set for your next AIP Mexican Fiesta :).

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

What You Will Need

  • Onion Powder
  • Cilantro (can subsitute parsley, if desired)
  • Salt (I use Real Salt)
  • Oregano
  • Turmeric

For my spice shopping, I really like Frontier Brand. I've done taste tests and the Frontier Brands have won out every time and they are very reasonable.These two other companies, Bulk Herb Store and Starwest Botanicals, have good options too.

3.5 from 2 reviews
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 3.75 tsp
It's hard to give up things like tacos when you go on AIP. This autoimmune protocol taco seasoning is free of nightshades & seeds.
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro (can substitute parsley, if desired)
  • ½ tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Store in a tightly-closed container.
- For a seasoning with a bit more "heft" to it, add about 1 t on plan starch of choice to the mix.
- Use approximately 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat (or to taste. Some may prefer 1 Tbsp, others up to 4 Tbsp).
- You can add approx. ¾ cup water to the beef and seasoning mixture to make a more "saucy" beef.
- And mentioned in my "Saving Time in the Kitchen by Baking in Bulk" post, I recommend making more of this in advance so that you have it on hand when you need it. Cook once, use two three four times or more :-)!
- We even love this as a standby seasoning on our table. It tastes great on veggies and loads of other dishes!

What is YOUR favorite seasoning?
How would you use this Taco Seasoning?Frontier Turmeric Root Ground, 1.92-Ounce Bottle

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  1. Thank you for this!!!!! I have been craving tacos like no other. For Valentine’s dinner I wanted to cheat and go get some carne asada but instead I got creative. For 1.5 lb chuck shoulder steak, sliced thin and cooked with chopped onion and minced garlic, I used your whole recipe (w/ parsley flakes), plus 1/2 teaspoon primal palate breakfast blend and added 1/2 tsp ACV and 1/4 c water. Made paleo momma cassava tortillas and topped with avocado fresh cilantro and lime. It was to die for! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Thanks for the recipe!! It was delicious!

  3. Rachel Powell says:

    This does not taste like taco seasoning. Disappointed.

  4. Is the cilantro fresh or dried? We just started AIP for my husband and he’s going to be in Mexican food withdrawals very soon without his taco seasoning. This looks great!

  5. How much would be used to make tacos with 1 lb of beef?

  6. Cool!!! Would you be willing to covert the recipe to make enough to fill a spice jar?

    • Glad you like it! If I have time I could try, but all spice jars are different sizes. I just added the total amount of 3.75 tsp for the recipe, so figure out how many tsps are in your container and go from there. If you think there’s a standard jar size that would be helpful I’m happy to try if I have time.