We eat tacos a lot in this family, but there are three ingredients I could really do without when it comes to commercial seasonings: sugar, MSG and caramel coloring. Many taco seasoning packs are also high in sodium.
If your family would like to enjoy a Mexican-style meal without those additives, try this easy homemade taco seasoning mix. My recipe makes one small batch of the dry mix, and you can use it for several meals. You can double the recipe to make even more to keep on hand in an airtight container.
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.