Homemade Taco Seasoning

9 Feb

After I lost my freelance writing business, my husband and I were forced to cut every corner we could find. One of those corners was cashing in on the vast spice supply I had been building since college. I found a taco seasoning recipe on the Internet, and we happily pulled out all those spices, thinking we were doing a good thing!

The kids hated it.

I had to adjust the recipe.

I found a few suggestions, and I tried a few different versions. Finally, I arrived at a kid-friendly version that didn’t make the taco too bland.

I used:

1 tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

I mixed all the spices together then browned one pound of meat. We always use ground beef, so if someone tries this with chicken, please leave the results in the comments section. I chopped a green bell pepper and a small sweet onion and added a half cup of each to the meat.

When the meat and vegetables were ready, I removed the pan from the heat source, drained the fat away and added 2/3 c water. I measured 2 1/2 tbsp of the spice mixture and added that to the meat. I then added 1/2 tbsp flour and mixed everything together. I simmered this mixture on medium high heat until all the water had cooked away. I had to keep mixing it so the meat didn’t stick to the pan.

I microwaved frozen sweet corn. I filled hard taco shells with meat, shredded taco cheese, and sweet corn. The cheese melted between the sweet corn and the meat, and the corn helped sweeten the taco so the kids would eat it. The flour and corn together retracted from the spice of the meat, and the peppers and onions blended into the meat so the kids didn’t know they were there.

I got my kids to eat a healthy meal, complete with three different vegetables, meat, grains and dairy. I am one proud bloggin’ momma!!!



One Response to “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. Deborah Aldridge February 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Sounds good! I love homemade mixes, but ya gotta please everybody. My roomie made some popcorn last night, put butter and cheese on it, and it was horrible! Next time, I’ll ask for only butter. I hid it in the bottom of my trash bag in my bedroom so I wouldn’t hurt his feelings.

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