Up until a few months ago I always seasoned my taco meat using this:
That’s just what I did. It’s how I learned to make tacos growing up and to be totally honest with you it never crossed my mind that I might be able to do it without the brightly colored envelope. Then one night I was making tacos and realized I didn’t have the oh so essential seasoning packet. After a brief moment of panic I decided to turn to Google and ask the all knowing “Internets” what to do. Turns out that packet is just filled with a bunch of stuff I already had in my pantry. I’ve tried a few different recipes since then and finally came up with a combination of stuff I like. Here it is – enjoy!
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like heat)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Just brown 1 lb meat (I use ground turkey) and drain the fat and then add in about 1/2 cup of water and the seasoning and let it cook for a few more minutes. I promise it’s even better than the stuff in the envelope!