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Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Taco night was always one of my favorites when growing up and the key to good tacos is the tasty taco seasoned meat. When I was growing up tacos always meant one of those store bought taco seasoning packets which I remember fondly. I was taking a look at the ingredients in one of those taco seasoning packets recently and I noticed some surprising ingredients including a few that I had trouble pronouncing. I immediatly decided to try making my own and after a quick search I found this recipe for a taco seasoning on All Recipes. For the chili powder I used freshly toasted and ground dried chilies. I like to do it this way as I can choose which chilies to use and change the flavour and heat profile of the chili powder. I also used freshly toasted and ground cumin seeds as toasting them brings out their flavour and aroma. The taco seasoning turned out great! It was not the same as I remembered the packaged seasoning but it was really good! I definitely won't be going back to the packages.

Taco Seasoning

(makes enough to season 1 pound meat)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon chili powder (toasted and ground dried chilies)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons cumin (toasted and ground)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
1. Mix everything.

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Garam Masala

Use in:
Taco Stuffed Shells
Taco Seasoned Ground Beef
Taco Burgers
Zucchini and Corn Taco Seasoned Quinoa Salad
Hot Cheesy Bean Dip
Taco Pizza
Fajita Burgers
Taco Quesadilla Pizzas
Taco Grilled Cheese Sandwich

23 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great seasoning! I make my own too...

Cheers,

Rosa

Tecla said...

Wow, it's really incredible that you make everything yourself, down to the seasonings! I could only dream of such patience. But I'll definitely try this recipe!

Chris said...

I loved when my mother made tacos and back then, that meant the Old El Paso variety out of a box.

But now, I make our own taco seasoning, grill steak or chicken, and have great tacos. Ground beef works, but shredded beef or chicken makes it phenomenal.

Kerstin said...

Mmm, that does look good, what a great idea! I just saved the recipe :)

screwdestiny said...

Wow, that's impressive. For some reason I thought I was just doomed to using those packets. Well, I probably still am since I'm moderately lazy. But at least you show there's an alternative!

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, the seasoning sounds great! Very versatile too!

Tender Branson said...

Thank you! Love veggie tacos but have avoided them simply because of the packets. Now I can begin enjoying them again.

Palidor said...

Oooh, I love tacos but hate the packaged seasoning 'cause they're so salty! I'll have to give yours a try.

Psychgrad said...

Definitely want to try this seasoning. To think I've been using the packaged stuff...

Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

Thank you for posting this! I have been wanting to make homemade taco seasoning for such a long time, but never came across any recipes that inspired me. This one (and your resulting tacos) definitely did! Can't wait to try it!

Arabic Bites said...

Sounds like a great blend you have here,I also like to make my own spice mixes.
zainab :)

Pam said...

This is good to have on hand!

Cyn said...

I'm glad to see other people abandoning the packets, which generally have way too much sodium to be healthful.
This is the same recipe from Allrecipes that I've been using for a while because it let's me reduce the salt content of our taco meals (my husband has high blood pressure).
Besides using your own peppers to make the powder (which is good for controlling the heat when serving kids), you can also saute the meat with fresh garlic and onions instead of using the powdered garlic and onion in your mix. I also sometimes add a teaspoon or two of sugar depending on the bitterness from whatever pepper I'm using and also add between a couple teaspoons to a tablespoon of cornstarch to the dry mix, and about a third of a cup of water during cooking to the mixture. That makes it a little saucier (my kids seem to like it this way).
By the way, I can't say it enough -- I always enjoy reading your blog.

Katerina said...

I am so impressed that you can get such a good picture of your seasoning.

Esi said...

This is a great seasoning and so much better than what you can buy in a packet at the store.

Cooking with Michele said...

I've started making my own seasoning mixtures as well - two of my favorites are my porcini mushroom dry rub for beef:

http://cookingwithmichele.blogspot.com/2009/06/snow-creek-ranch-strip-steaks-with.html

and my homemade seasoned salt which I wrote about in a food column for a local magazine:

http://www.cookingwithmichele.com/resources/Holiday+Food+Gifts+-+Buzz+Dec+2008.pdf

Tim said...

If you get your hands on some sweet smoked paprika try using that in place of regular paprika. The smokey flavour is amazing.

Tiffiny Felix said...

Hi Kevin, I had to tell you I made this taco seasoning and it was wonderful! I raved about it on my blog :) Thanks!

http://bakeoff-flunkie.blogspot.com/2009/08/homemade-taco-seasoning.html

TheFlyOnTheWall said...

Mmmmn, I love tacos and I hate buying the seasoning so I will give a homemade seasoning a try once again. I tried another one before and well it just wasn't very good. But this one sounds good just looking at the ingredients.

Hope you don't mind, gave some link love to ya on my blog.

Kat said...

Thanks for the seasoning recipe. I used it tonight when I made tacos. I used the Mealstarters meat substitute and this as my seasoning and it was great!

Natalie said...

I love that you post these types of recipes! It de-mystifies some of the spice blends that are pre-packaged out there.

Olli Engelschalk said...

Thanks for this recipe - you really disenchanted the store bought mix! Way to go!

Anonymous said...

I've made this twice now, Its very, very good.

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