Monday, January 21, 2013

Taco Seasoning Mix

I haven't used store-bought taco seasoning in years. I just mix together spices from my cupboard to create a tasty taco seasoning that doesn't have all the added ingredients that you cannot even pronounce! I love spicy food, so delete the red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper for a milder version of this spic mix.

1 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp chili powder (I use Frontier Brand)
1 tsp paprika 
2 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 
2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (only add if you want a spicier version)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Store in a small glass jar (such as a small mason jar) on your spice shelf.

To use: Add 2-3 Tbsp. of mix on 1 pound ground beef (drained of fat and rinsed if you want to eliminate all fat), chicken, etc. When adding this to make tacos, put 1 Tbsp. flour in with the seasoning and stir to coat the beef or chicken. Then add 1/4-1/2 cup cold water to the pan to create a taco mix that will stick to the meat. You can also use arrowroot or cornstarch as a thickener instead of flour.

Make this in larger batches to have on hand when you're cooking up some tacos for a quick meal. This is so much healthier and tastes tons better than the packets of store-bought taco seasoning mix.

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