Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I "cook" with taco seasoning packs a lot. We like spicy, Mexican food here at the Soutter house. I also make a good cold taco dip for the neighborhood kids, for potlucks, and for parties that uses one packet of taco seasoning. So I always have taco seasoning packs in my stockpile.


But I was beginning to get grossed out by what was in these packs:

maltodextrin

monosodium glutamate

corn starch

silicon dioxide
So even though I could usually get the Ol El Paso, McCormick, and Taco Bell packets for free, I would skip and spend a full 89¢ on the brand that did not have any of these long unpronounceable words in it. I'd get the brand that only had spices in it.



THEN I decided to try to make my own taco seasoning and it worked! It worked wonderfully and was cheaper than the 49 - 89¢ packs at the grocery store. So I thought I'd share the recipe for

Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet

The below equals one pack. Stir the following together and use as you would any recipe that calls for a packet of taco seasoning. One packet or the below is good for 1 pound of ground beef.
 

1 TBSP chili powder


1/4 tsp of each: garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and oregano

1 and 1/2 tsp of cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Now if you are using this on ground beef or ground turkey to make taco meat, you would add 3/4 cup of water. Again the above and 3/4 cup of water is good for ONE pound of ground beef.

Tell me. . do you have any yummy recipes that use taco seasoning packets? I'd love to try a new recipe.

And one of my mini goals this summer is to come up with a mixture of spices for those Ranch Dip mix packets. I use those often too. Anyone have a Homemade Ranch Dip Packet recipe??

P.S. Thanks for shooting me emails and leaving comments about hard-boiled eggs and deviled eggs. I can't wait to try some of your suggestions!! For those of you who missed that post about eggs, click here and be sure to scroll down and read the comments!!

5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the recipe for the taco seasoning! MSG is a trigger for my migraines, so I REALLY appreciate your work on this and will be sure to try it out!

    Have a great rest of the week!

    -HR

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  2. This is GREAT! Can't wait to try it!!

    Thanks,
    Leigh Ann

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  3. We just made tacos last night with your seasoning recipe and it was a HUGE hit! My husband likes it better than the packets! Thanks sooo much! Brooke C

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  4. Brooke-

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. . you made me smile. We too like it better than the packets cause we can make it spicier :) So what I want to figure out is. .make a huge batch of this taco seasoning and put it in a tupperware and then when I make tacos. . how much do I use. . would a tablespoon per lb work. . I need to figure that out next time I make this. . let me know if you have any thoughts on that.

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  5. Awesome! THanks!

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