My family has a mild obsession with tacos. My husband, Nate has taught my daughter (2.5) to scream “TAAAAACOOOOOSSSS!!!” in celebration whenever we have them for dinner.
So actually the obsession is rather strong.
I love tacos because they are quick and easy and there are so many ways to mix things up. You can do regular tacos, taco salad, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas–for me, the base is all the same, you just mix up the delivery method. (I’m sorry for every true Mexican food connoisseur out there who is throwing tortillas at me right now!)
When I first got married I just bought the little seasoning packets at the grocery store for everything–tacos, chili, sloppy joes. But over time I learned that I didn’t need those little packets with their long list of ingredients and almost always excessive sodium. I could do it myself! (And yes, my chili and sloppy joe recipe are on the blog!) Homemade taco seasoning seemed a little trickier and took a bit more of experimentation to get just right. Finally, I nailed down my taco seasoning recipe! It is just spicy enough, not too much garlic and it will make your taste buds dance!
You can feel free to tweak this a little too! For more heat, up the red pepper flakes or chili powder; if you want it milder leave off the red pepper flakes. If you love garlic, pile a little extra on or add it fresh while you’re cooking; same thing with cilantro-the more the merrier and fresh is best!
- 6 Tablespoons chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons cumin
- 2 Tablespoons paprika
- 1 Tablespoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoon cilantro
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Store in airtight container.
- Add two tablespoons of spice mix and ½ cup water to 1 pound of lean ground turkey or beef. Simmer 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Use to make tacos or enchiladas topped with your favorite fresh ingredients and wrapped in whole wheat tortillas.
I like that this recipe makes a LOT of the mix too! Because we eat tacos (or taco-like things) a LOT. This is also great to add to taco soup or black beans for a little bit of extra flavor!
I normally make tacos on Sunday and make extra that we eat throughout the week. Everyone is always on board for tacos again or I often throw together a quick quesadilla for Nate and Layla and a taco salad for me as a weekday lunch. Super simple, filling, and tasty! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
What is your favorite way to eat taco meat?
Have you ever tried making your own homemade taco seasoning?
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