After checking a lot of different taco seasoning package labels (both generic and brand name), I saw 3 ingredients over and over again that my family really could do without: (1) sugar (2) caramel color and (3) MSG. Plus, the majority of these pre-measured seasoning packs are also very high in sodium.
I wanted my family to enjoy a Mexican-style meal without those additives, so now I make my own taco seasoning. And it’s very quick and easy!
The recipe below is for one small batch of taco seasoning that will yield a couple of uses. You can double the recipe to make even more to have on hand.
HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING
2 T chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. paprika
4 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. sea salt (more or less, to taste)
2 tsp. black pepper
Mix all ingredients together in an airtight container. Close tightly and shake to combine.
Use 2 T (more or less) to season 1 pound of meat.
If you like taco meat to be a little bit “saucy,” add 1 tsp. of cornstarch to the beef after it has been browned. Mix well and then pour in 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until thickened and bubbly.
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