But I didn't want to pull together a mini-party without sharing a recipe with my on-line readers. So here's my homemade version of taco seasoning.
I enjoy making my own seasoning blends, so that I can spend my limited grocery budget more frugally. I also like to be confident that my seasonings are 100% guaranteed to be MSG-free. I buy the individual seasonings in bulk, then blend them together and store them to quickly toss into a meal.
- 1/2 cup ground cumin
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 3/8 cup oregano
- 3/8 cup garlic powder
- 3/8 cup cornstarch
- 1/8 cup salt
- 1/8 cup cayenne pepper
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
When I make tacos I like to brown the beef and set it aside. Then I saute an onion. Finally, I return the meat and add 2/3 cup to 3/4 cup water (per pound of meat) and 1/8 cup of the seasoning blend per pound of meat. (Important: don't add all of the above to a pound of meat. You'll be a little overwhelmed. Trust me on this.)
You may be wondering why this recipe doesn't include chili powder. Almost every on-line recipe includes a line for chili powder. Is it possible that I left something out?
Actually all of the ingredients in chili powder are repeated in taco seasoning, so it didn't make sense to me to buy a separate mix just to add them in again. Instead, I add the chili powder ingredients to the original recipe just to simplify life a little bit.
If you don't want to store any leftover taco seasoning, you can just add the following to one pound of meat, along with 2/3-3/4 cup of water.
Taco Seasoning for One Meal
- 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 Tablespoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
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