My son, in particular, loves tacos. Hard, soft, he doesn’t care, but he has a particular affinity for tacos made from ground beef, and a love of deep rich flavors and some heat.
When he was just a child, we developed this seasoning together one night, then played with it over the years. It harkens back to Mexican Picadillo – and we like it much better than the standard Taco Seasoning from the store. It’s rather uniquely flavored. It’s basic and not hot, so try it once and up the amount of cayenne and red pepper if you’d like.
You may make this without the salt, the sugar or without the cornstarch if desired.
Home-made Taco Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoons Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chile Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch (helps to thicken)
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano or Mexican oregano, optional
Mix together. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Use 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons (this amount equals a 1 1/4 ounce seasoning packet) per one pound of browned and drained ground beef. Toast for a minute in the skillet, then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and simmer several minutes to desired consistency.
Multiply as desired.
from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com
If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!