Sep 5, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

From the kitchen of:  Makes: 10-12 tacos
Total time: 5 min to prep, 15 min to cook

Step away from the packet. Seriously. I found something better.

We’ve all gone down the taco aisle at our grocery store and picked up a taco seasoning packet for less than a buck. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Everyone has done it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong it, but don’t you ever wonder what exactly goes into that packet? I’ve realized through all the meals I’ve made that if you can make it better homemade, why not? I found a taco seasoning recipe online that I’ve used several times now and have tweaked it a bit. I will say that I will never go back to a packet. I’m a true believer that people should make their own taco seasoning. The flavors are just so much bolder and brighter. Nine simple ingredients, that you probably already have in your pantry, is all that it takes to make homemade tacos.

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/4 – 1/2 cup water
1 pound lean ground beef

1. Combine all the spices.
In a small bowl, combine all nine spices together. The spices are just a base so feel free to adjust the measurements to your taste buds.

2. Brown ground beef. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium temperature. No need to add any oil since ground beef tends to have some fat. Once warm, add the beef and brown the meat thoroughly, roughly 5-7 minutes.

3. Add seasoning and water. I used relatively leaner meat (93% lean, 7% fat) so I didn’t need to drain it. If there is a lot of fat, I would drain it before adding the seasoning. Add the seasoning to the meat, stir and gradually add some water. Continually stir on medium low heat for about 5 minutes until the mixture has reached the right consistency. If it’s looking dry, add a little more water.

4. Make your taco! Assemble your taco by adding some beef and all your favorite toppings. You’ll never go back to the packaged stuff. Enjoy!

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