Quality taco seasoning in under a minute. How could that be?
When I decided to purge my pantry of the little store-bought seasoning packet mixes (you know the ones); recreating homemade, organic taco season mix was at the top of my list.
If I was using non-GMO, farm raised, grass-fed meat, I sure wasn’t tainting the meat with lab created pre-mixed season packages. Have you ever read the ingredients of prepackaged taco seasoning?
Wah-lah…out of my desire to recreate another item for my “never to buy again list”, drum roll please….Homemade, Organic, Taco Seasoning mix.
I love it when I control the ingredients of what we eat (…and yes, I am a control freak…in a good way!)
The season mix:
- is quick and easy to make
- is a great first recipe for your new whole food pantry
- contains your favorite, quality ingredients
- can be doubled or tripled
- can be stored in a canning jar like other spices
- makes a great thanks or teacher appreciation gift
When I started researching the many, many different taco seasoning recipes, I noticed a lot of recipes included oregano. I am not a fan of oregano so I didn’t include it in my taco seasoning. If you love oregano, add 1/8 tsp to your mix.
Are you a lover of all things extra spicy? Add more pepper flakes or add my blazing hot pepper seasoning to the mix.
If you don’t like a lot of spice, reduce the red chili pepper and remove the red pepper flakes.
Now the next two ingredients I add to my taco mix may have you scratching your head wondering if I’ve lost my mind. These two ingredients (in my opinion) don’t change the flavor of the overall season mix but I add them to take advantage of the added health benefits.
Kale and turmeric are super foods, because of the added health benefits, I add a pinch and a sprinkle of both to just about everything I cook. I figure if it doesn’t change the taste and my family reaps the benefits; why not add it.
If your interested in the health benefits of these 2 super foods:
- Kale is considered a super food, I make my own dehydrated kale and add it to almost everything so I can get as much as I can
- Turmeric has been reported as a health food and I add it to about 90% of all my recipes. Additional information can be found here and here. I love the color of turmeric on roasted chicken.
Taco Seasoning Ingredients: (free printable 3×5 recipe card and label)
1 tbsp onion powder
1/8 – 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 – 1/4 tsp dehydrated kale
1/8 – 1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 – 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp roasted red chili pepper powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ancho pepper powder (optional; not pictured)
If you like your taco seasoning, extra hot, add my blazing hot pepper seasoning or add more red pepper flakes, roasted red chili pepper powder, and/or ancho pepper powder.
I used my own dehydrated spices for the onion powder, garlic powder and kale. If your interested in other seasonings, check out one of my most popular posts (Homemade house seasoning using dehydrated vegetables).
Taco Meat Recipe
- Brown 1 lb of ground meat (chicken, beef, turkey, buffalo, deer, or yak)
- Add entire yield of taco seasoning mix from the recipe above
- Add 1 – 2 cups of water
- Simmer until water is almost completely evaporated (about 20 minutes)
- Serve on tacos, nachos, over a baked potato, or on your favorite lettuce mix
- Top with cheese, sour cream, jalapeno and avocado slices.
Taco meat is a go to recipe in my family because it is easy to prepare at the end of an exhausting day. Its budget friendly for one or feeding a group . I typically make 1 lb of meat and freeze 1/2 of the recipe in a canning jar for those days when you forget to take something out for dinner.
I triple the recipe and fill a jelly sized canning jar and use about 1/3 of the jar for each pound of ground meat for seasoning or as a season rub for fajita meat.
What’s did you add or change about the recipe? I can’t wait to see what you come up with; update the comments with your favorite way to serve taco meat.
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