As far as processed foods go, most taco seasoning packets aren’t too bad on the ingredients list. However, you should still always check labels. One of the most popular national brands I looked up contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, and ethoxyquin. Those things serve their purpose for a packet that will sit on a shelf for years, but why do that when taco seasoning is so easy to make?
Most commonly this recipe would be used with ground beef, but you could use chicken or pork as well.The ingredients are simple and around here, they’re staples of our spice cabinet. All you need is chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin and salt! I like to grind my mix a bit in the mortar and pestle, I feel like it gives a more even flavor, but that is completely optional.
I fry my ground beef until it is completely browned-sometimes I add diced onion, sometimes I don’t. Then I add the seasoning along with a half cup of water and stir to coat all of the meat with the mixture. I then cook it on medium high until the water has boiled off.
Once you have your meat cooked, the serving options are endless! Shells, Tortillas, or a salad? Don’t forget the toppings: cheese, onion, guacamole, corn, black beans, etc. “Tacos” are a completely customizable dish based on the flavor profile of the seasoning.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and find it as easy as I do in lieu of buying a packaged mix. Simple steps help us eat cleaner and live healthier!
- 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Measure out all ingredients and grind lightly in a mortar and pestle if desired.
- Add to 1 cup cooked meat with 1/2 cup of water, stir to combine and cook off remaining water.
Tip: Fresh ingredients are always best, but if you use a lot of taco seasoning you can multiply this recipe to make it in bulk then store it in an airtight container!