Hello friends, I hope you all had a meaningful holiday weekend. How are you all holding up? Since so many of us are finding ourselves cooking from scratch, I thought I’d share this recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning. You likely have all of the ingredients in your spice cabinet and hopefully, you have some tortillas and ground beef in the freezer. Just in case you don’t, here’s a recipe for homemade tortillas I’d love to try out soon!
Tacos are comfort food around here. We usually have them once a week, sometimes fajita grilled chicken, sometimes ground beef, and sometimes a crockpot recipe like this one. Everyone is always happy to sit down together and build theirs just how they like them.
I’m almost out of fresh produce but did have some fresh cilantro from our garden to top our tacos with. Tomatoes would be lovely, but ours won’t be ready to pick for another couple of weeks or so. It’s amazing how crazy it sounds all of a sudden to go to the store for just a few ingredients when that was normal just weeks ago. I know we are learning so much about ourselves and our culture through all of this. If nothing else, we are learning to look out for each other and make do with what we have.
The recipe I’ve listed below is for one recipe of taco seasoning for 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef to serve about six people. There is a little bit of sugar in the recipe to balance out the acidity, and also some cornstarch to help thicken the sauce. I find that this recipe isn’t quite as full-flavored as the recipe on the back of a typical store-bought taco seasoning packet. I find those to be a bit overpowering.
Thank you as always for making my recipes, letting me know how you liked them and sharing them with friends. You all make this job very enjoyable for me, and I appreciate how you share my passion for gathering those you love around homemade meals. Keep on cooking, looking for bright spots to be thankful for, and know that we are in this together.
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With this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe, there’s no need to go to the store for a packet of seasoning, and you can customize it to your liking.
For the Taco Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper (about 10 turns)
For the Taco Filling
- 1 tablespoon oil (if using lean ground beef)
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- To make taco filling with homemade taco seasoning, mix all taco seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add ground beef and brown, stirring occasionally and breaking into pieces as you stir until cooked through.
- Add the taco seasoning, tomato paste, and water to the browned beef and stir together. Bring to a boil, and then turn heat to low and allow to simmer 15-20 minutes.
- Serving Size: Taco Seasoning Only
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 5.8g
- Sodium: 2590mg
- Fat: 3.7g
- Saturated Fat: 0.6g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2.9g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 23g
- Fiber: 8g
- Protein: 4.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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