Homemade Taco Seasoning
Have you ever looked at the back of a Taco Seasoning packet and actually read the ingredients? YUCK!
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Here is a list of ingredients used in making the Taco Bell packet of seasoning sold in every grocery store.
Wheat, Flour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Maltodextrin, Chili Peppers, Spice, Dried Onions, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide As An Anticaking Agent, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to consume ingredients I cannot even pronounce. I started reading labels on every food I purchase because I realized how many chemicals I was putting into my body. I love me some mexican food, so I decided making my own taco seasoning would be pretty easy. The good thing is, you probably have all of these spices in your pantry already. I also call this my Southwest seasoning, because I use it on other recipes besides tacos.
What you will need:
2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Since I like my food a little more on the spicy side, I added about 1/2 a teaspoon of Tony Chachere’s to give it a little heat.
Mix all of the spices together and seal in an air tight jar. This should make about 6 tablespoons of seasoning.
When using this for tacos, add about 1.5-2 tablespoons of mix per one pound of ground beef after meat is already browned and drained then add 1/2 cup of water. When water is almost fully absorbed your Taco meat is ready! This spice mix gives the meat such a spicy savory flavor, it is so delicious!
If you find you are a little nervous about beginning to make and use your own spice blends and other at-home kitchen mixes, you may find Shirley’s post on Kitchen Tips very helpful! And if you are ready to try something a little more involved I highly recommend Michelle’s Chick-fil-a Sunday Chicken Recipe. Oh yums!