Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the package of taco seasoning mix? There’s mono-this and x-this and di-this—what is that stuff? Do you keep bottles of it in the spice cabinet so you can season your food with it? Mmm, probably not.
In an effort to be healthier, I’m trying to use fresher, natural ingredients and stay away from processed foods as much as possible, which includes ready-made seasoning mixes. Taco seasoning is easy to make and more flavorful if you do it yourself.
What are you doing to be healthier? Leave your advice in the comments below.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper depending on how hot you like it
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teapoon pepper
- Mix all ingredients together with a fork and store in an airtight container.
To Make Taco Meat:
- Brown ground beef, turkey or chicken and drain.
- Place meat back in skillet.
- Use 2-3 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste.
- Add 3/4 cup of water.
- Stir and simmer until water is absorbed, 8-10 minutes.