A couple years ago, we started cleaning up our pantry and paying more attention to the ingredients in our food. Don’t get me wrong, we still eat junk food on occasion, but in general I like to keep processed foods and chemicals to a minimum. One of the first things in my kitchen to go was the prepackaged spice packets. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated to create my own spice mixes in the beginning, but now that I’ve tried it I’ll never go back to store bought packets!
Taco seasoning is one of my favorite homemade spice mixes to make. I like to make up a big batch at once and keep it in an air tight container in the pantry so I always have it on hand. This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of spice mix, and I use approximately 1 Tablespoon to replace one packet of store bought seasoning mix.
Recipe Source: Adapted from this recipe from Allrecipes.com
If using this to make tacos, brown and drain the beef, then add approximately 1 Tablespoon of seasoning per 1 lb of meat. Add 1/3-1/2 cup water, stir, and simmer on low for at least 20 minutes, or up to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer you let it hang out the better the flavor gets.
A couple side notes: If you want it a little spicier, you can add some red pepper flakes. The seasoning mix doesn’t always have enough salt in it for my taste, and I often add more as I’m cooking. I like being able to add it myself to taste instead of mixing more into the seasoning. If you’re limiting your salt intake, feel free to completely eliminate it from the seasoning mix.
Also, if you want to make a smaller batch the first time to make sure you like it, just add 1/4 of each ingredient listed. It’ll make enough for a couple meals so you can see if you need to make any adjustments for your own taste.
Next week I’m sharing my favorite recipe using our homemade taco seasoning: Tacos with black beans and quinoa! I hope you’ll come back and check it out. It’s on the regular dinner rotation in our house :).
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