Thursday, January 12, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Tacos are always one of our go-to meals on a weeknight. They are easy to make and the whole family loves them. If you are like me, then you probably just throw together a pound of beef or turkey and a store-bought packet of seasoning. That was until I came across this recipe for homemade taco seasoning. The great thing about this recipe is that you can control the ingredients, especially the salt. You can make it mild or spicy, and vary the flavors by using different types of chili powder. Mexican-style chili powder is my favorite for this recipe, but you could also use regular, ancho style, or chipotle chili powder. It took less than 5 minutes to make, and you can make a big batch so that you always have some on hand. You won't need a packet ever again. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Serving size: enough to season ~4 lb. meat

1/4 cup Mexican-style chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (use 1/4 tsp. for mild taco seasoning)
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the spices. Store in an air-tight container. 

To prepare tacos, brown 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey. Drain off excess fat. Add 2/3 cup of water and 2 tbsp. taco seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

Source: adapted from All Recipes

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