Thursday, August 12, 2010

Taco Seasoning

I've had this recipe on my "To Post" about list for a couple of weeks now, but last week the Homemade Mamas beat me to the punch! My recipe is a little different than theirs though so at least I can take comfort in that!

Making Taco Seasoning at home is sooo easy and so much healthier and cost efficient than buying those little packets at the grocery store. This recipe makes enough to equal about 5 of the1.25oz store bought packets.

  • I noticed on the back of one store bought seasoning packet that it used powdered beef boulion. I didn't find that this recipe needs it at all for tacos or burritos, but it might make a nice addition if using the mix for a dip. 
  • When I made tacos with this, I found that my ground beef needed more salt. Since salt and sodium are such personal preferences, I'll let you determine this for yourself. 
  • Try using half regular chili powder and half chipotle chili powder as an interesting variation.

Taco Seasoning

4 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
Add all ingredients in an airtight container and shake to combine. Store for up to 1 year (after that the flavors of the spices begin to degrade).

To Use:
Add 2 heaping tablespoons (or 2 1/2 tablespoons) and 3/4 cup of water to 1 lb of browned and drained ground beef.  Some additional salt may be needed, according to your tastes. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionaly, until most of liquid has evaporated (about 5 minutes). 

You may also use 2 heaping tablespoons as you would normally use a 1.25 oz packet of taco seasoning in other recipes.

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Big Mama said...

There are not enough recipe blogs! I love them! Thanks!

Here from the blog hop and following! Nice to meet ya!

ladyguinevere28 said...

I am joining the Thursday Blog Hop and I am your newest follower. Hope you could return the favor. Its and

Thank you

Courtney said...

I found you through the blog hop and I am so excited! I love cooking and I have always wanted to make my own taco seasoning! What a great recipe :)

Jess and the boys said...

Hi there! I'm just Buzzing by! :) Maybe you could Buzz my way sometime, too!

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Lisa said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'm a follower. Hope you'll come follow back. :)

Lisa xoxo

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