Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Taco Seasoning

Up until a few months ago I always seasoned my taco meat using this:

taco seasoning

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!



Melissa said...

I was looking for a recipe like that just yesterday when we ran out of our seasoning packets at home. So funny. Thanks :)

Jen said...

ooohh I'm going to have to try this. Tacos are one of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing.

Tonya said...

I agree - making your own is way better! I like it because I can control the sodium amount. I always make a huge batch at once and put it into a couple of old empty cleaned-out spice bottles so that I already have it on hand pre-mixed. It makes easy meals like tacos and enchiladas even easier.

Kaycee said...

that sounds good!

Stephen and Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing it I love it.