Recipes

Taco Seasoning – Better Than the Packet!

I used to be in the camp that felt like, “why would I make my own taco seasoning if I can buy it at the store?” Sure, I knew it didn’t taste as good as homemade. And I knew it had ingredients to keep it shelf stable. But I didn’t want to have to take the time to mix it up myself every time I wanted to make tacos.

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that I could make one big batch of taco seasoning, but it did. It wasn’t until Mr Kern and I decided to go 21 days without sugar that I finally got down to scrutinizing my seasoning packets and condiments. Not all taco seasoning packets contain sugar, but some of them do. I went looking on my favorite recipe site and saw that this lady was making enough mix for several Taco Tuesdays and storing it with her other spices.

Mind. Blown.

I experimented with several recipes and ratios and came up with a blend that suits my family’s taste. It’s on the tame side, which works well for my kids that haven’t discovered the world of heat yet. Once the taco meat is cooked and seasoned I sometimes move half to a serving dish and then add some cayenne to the remainder in the pan to kick it up for those that like it caliente!

Here’s the seasoning mix:

(Not an ad for McCormick, I just happen to use the brand.)

You’ll see that this recipe doesn’t include salt. I like to add it by taste when I make each batch. I guess that’s just a little quirk I have? Feel free to add some to this mix or do as I do and add some when you cook the meat.

The recipe:

  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • (optional) cayenne to taste

It’s super satisfying to pour the spices in little mounds in the storage container, just like in the cool internet recipe videos, and then lid it and shake!

When it’s time to make tacos, brown a pound of ground turkey or beef, breaking it up until it’s just not pink anymore. Drain all but a small bit of fat from the pan and sprinkle a tablespoon of flour over the meat, stir and let it cook for a minute. Add 2 tablespoons of your taco seasoning and a half cup of water and cook, stirring, until nice and thick. Taste and season with salt, if you like.

¡Muy sabroso! (That’s tasty ;))

All set for the next couple Taco Tuesdays!

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