Saturday, March 20, 2010

Taco Seasoning

I've started to experiment with making my own taco seasoning since I'm not into paying $1+ for a packet of taco seasoning.  And I usually think there is too much salt in the pre-packaged ones as well.  At least they make low sodium packets now.  Anyway-I've found a mix of seasonings that I'm really liking now.  Here it is:

Taco Seasoning
(This is for 1lb of ground beef or chicken)

1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp minced onions
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper  (I like to grind them up in my mortar and pestle before I add them to the mix)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all your ingredients together until well blended.  I like to mix them up in my mortar and pestle since it's already out to crush my red pepper flakes even more.  Store in an air-tight container or use immediately.  Use as much or as little as you like.   

Don't forget to drain your meat of all the grease, and also add 3/4 cup water when adding the taco seasoning.  Simmer until water is mostly absorbed and the meat is well seasoned.  

This is a great base for your tacos.  I also like to add a few dashes of our favorite hot sauce onto the meat when I add the spices for a little extra kick.  So yummy!  

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