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Takis Powder Seasoning

This homemade Takis powder seasoning is an essential addition to any spice rack for those who appreciate a touch of spiciness in their creations.

My son is a huge fan of Takis, not only the spicy tortilla chips but also the Takis Fuego Sunflower seeds. He also enjoys spicy combinations like spicy ramen and mac and cheese. When he recently asked me if there was such a thing as Takis Mac and Cheese, I immediately went on a search and found out that there is no pre-made Takis Mac and Cheese available, nor surprisingly can you buy Takis powder separately. That’s when I decided to create my own homemade Taki Seasoning recipe. I really hope you enjoy it as much as my son does!

Takis Powder Seasoning

What Is Takis Seasoning Made of?

Takis offers a wide range of flavors, such as Takis Original, Takis Fuego, Takis Blue Heat, plus seasonal and limited edition flavors. The purple bags of Takis Fuego are widely believed to be the most popular flavor and are described as having “an intense flavor combination of hot chili pepper and lime.” While the specific ingredients in Takis powder may differ across flavors, here are the ingredients for Takis Fuego, as well as the rolled tortilla chip ingredients:

Takis Fuego Ingredients: Salt, maltodextrin, citric acid, sugar, monosodium glutamate (msg), hydrolyzed soy protein, onion powder, yeast extract, red 40 lake, yellow 6 lake, natural and artificial flavors, sodium bicarbonate, soybean oil, chili pepper (chile), disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, tbhq (antioxidant)

Takis Rolled Tortilla Chips Ingredients: Corn flour (processed with lime), vegetable oil (palm and/or soybean and/or canola oil)

Where To Buy Takis Powder

Although Barcel, the producer of Takis, does not officially sell Takis Powder, there are several online companies that strive to create their own copycat Takis powder including Chilito Loco and Dulces Picositos. Personally, I prefer this homemade version!

Homemade Takis Seasoning Ingredients

  • Lemon Lime or Lemonade Kool-Aid – Kool-Aid mimics the authentic citrus flavors and provides the sugary sweetness noted in the original ingredient list.
  • Sea Salt & MSG – Coarse sea salt is suitable for this recipe, but if you want to enhance the umami flavor to replicate the original taste, you can also incorporate MSG (monosodium glutamate).
  • Chili powder – Chili powder is typically made from dried chili peppers, combined with other complementary spices and herbs.
  • Onion powder – Like the original recipe, onion powder adds a savory and slightly sweet taste that complements the spiciness and tanginess of the other seasonings.
  • Maltodextrin (optional) – With its mild and neutral taste, Maltodextrin acts as a filler, allowing you to customize the seasoning to your liking without overpowering the flavors. Feel free to experiment with the amount of Maltodextrin based on your personal taste preferences and spice tolerance.
  • Red food color powder (optional) – To achieve a vibrant red color reminiscent of Takis Fuego, you can follow their approach and incorporate red color #40 or a comparable red color powder.

Scroll down to the bottom for the printable recipe card with exact measurements and recipe instructions.

How To Make Takis Powder Seasoning

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients: Kool-Aid, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and MSG (if using).
  2. Mix: You can use a whisk or simply stir all the ingredients with a spoon, until well combined.

For seasoning dry foods, enhance the binding of the seasoning by squeezing fresh lime juice. A convenient method is to sprinkle the lime juice on top, place the food and seasoning in a Ziploc bag, and give it a good shake. This ensures even distribution and a flavorful outcome.

To achieve a vibrant red color reminiscent of Takis Fuego, you can follow their approach and incorporate red color #40 or a comparable red color powder.

Takis Seasoning Blend

How To Make Blue Takis Powder

Making Blue Heat Taki Powder is as simple as adding blue food coloring and adjusting the amount and combination of chili powder used. Takis Blue Heat share the same ingredients as Takis Fuego, with the only distinction being the use of blue food coloring (Blue 1 Lake) instead of red and yellow coloring used in Takis Fuego. While opinions may vary regarding spice levels and taste preferences, the likely discrepancy, besides the color, lies in the specific quantities and blend of chili powders used.

Uses for Taki Seasoning

The possibilities for using homemade Takis seasoning are endless including making healthy Takis alternative snacks! Here are some delicious ways to add this spicy, tangy, and savory flavor. For optimal flavor, I suggest gradually adding Takis dust to your dish, adjusting according to your personal preference.

Seasoning for Chips: Tortilla chips are the most obvious use for Taki seasoning, while adding on potato chips transforms ordinary chips into a flavorful snack.

Snack Mix Addition: Add a generous dusting of Takis seasoning to popcorn, pretzels, crackers, seeds, nuts, or cereal to create a spicy and crunchy snack mix.

Seasoning for Meat and Seafood: Use the seasoning as a rub or coating for chicken, steak, chicken wings, shrimp, or fish to add a spicy and flavorful coating.

Dips, Dressings, Sauces, Marinades: Add a unique twist to your favorite dips, dressings, sauces, and marinades for a spicy and tangy flavor.

Sandwich or Wrap Enhancer: Add a sprinkle your sandwiches or wraps for an extra burst of flavor.

Roasted Vegetable Seasoning: Add a touch of magic Takis dust on vegetables like Mexican street corn, asparagus, okra, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower adds a delicious kick.

Fruit Enhancer: Create a sweet and spicy healthy Takis snack by sprinkling the Takis powder on mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, avocado, watermelon, fruit cups, apple chips or your favorite fruit.

Salad Topper: Dash a small amount over your Mexican or Tex-Mex inspired salads.

Mexican Fiesta: Spice up your favorite Mexican dish by sprinkling on tacos, nachos, taquitos, burritos, tostadas and more.

Drink Liner: Rim your glasses with Takis seasoning for a must-try twist on Bloody Marys, Micheladas, margaritas, or frozen cocktails.

More Seasoning Ideas: The possibilities are truly limitless! Here are a few more ideas to get you inspired: Eggs, yogurt, grilled cheese, mac n cheese, rice, beans, pasta, mashed potatoes, French fries, ceviche, ice cream, and candy.

For those seeking a flavor profile reminiscent of Takis, but with its own distinct twist, This Tajín seasoning recipe is a great option. Tajín features a delightful blend of chili peppers, lime, and salt, resulting in a tangy, spicy, and subtly sour taste sensation. I also have this Copycat Flamin Hot Cheetos Seasoning.

Takis Powder Seasoning

Takis Powder Seasoning

Yield: 8 teaspoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade Takis powder seasoning is an essential addition to any spice rack for those who appreciate a touch of spiciness in their creations.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Lemon Lime or Lemonade Kool-Aid
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsps sea salt or 1 tsp sea salt & 2 tsp MSG
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients: Kool-Aid, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and MSG (if using).
    2. Whisk or simply stir all the ingredients with a spoon, until well combined.

Notes

Substitute 1 teaspoon chili powder with cayenne pepper, if desired for a spicier kick.

To achieve a vibrant red color reminiscent of Takis Fuego, you can follow their approach and incorporate red color #40 or a comparable red color powder.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 912mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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