I'll be using this instead of buying the packets of taco seasoning from now on. Mixed, it makes 1.5 ounces which is the weight of a packet of seasoning. However, I expect that most of what comes in the store-bought packets contains mostly fillers and little spice. I used about 1 TBSP. of this seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef, and I found it perfect in that ratio. Another great recipe - thanks Kittencal!
I tried this recipe last night and it is a definite keeper, like everything from Kittencal. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes for kick and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to help the seasoning stick to the meat. It was perfect. One good tip: to make the flavor more robust (so you can use less seasoning) add the seasoning to the meat when it is about halfway browned. Cook until the meat is fully browned, stirring frequently. Drain off any excess grease and then add one cup of water and cook until the water has evaporated. By using this method, you allow the heat to liven up the spices before diluting them with the water.
I made this to use in Mexi Ground Beef Chili Macaroni Casserole, a double batch. I used the larger amounts of garlic powder and cumin, and no cayenne. It certainly looked like the packaged stuff, and I always have all of these ingredients on hand. It might not necessarily be less expensive, but it is certainly healthier (lacking all of the unpronounceable chemicals). I will certainly use this often. (November 10, 2011) Edit: After using this in the recipe, I think 3 tsp. of cumin per batch is too much. It was harsh, or bitter, or some word that escapes me at the moment. Next time I will only use 2 tsp. And I will also try to curb my addiction to the word "certainly." LOL
Very good! I knew there had to be a recipe out there for taco seasoning that was tasty. I used the Pace brand packets for years and, for whatever reason, I haven't been able to find them anywhere in my county for months. I have been unable to find another brand that tasted good and, and since tacos have been a favorite meal at our house for years, I was very disappointed! I am so glad you posted this recipe. I only use 1 tablespoon chili powder - I get mine from the health food store and it's quite potent (especially for my children). I use an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce with a half a can of water to make it saucier, and I use 1/2 tsp. sea salt instead of the seasoned salt. This recipe with 1 pound ground turkey meat makes great tacos!
What can I say?... Store-bought taco seasoning doesn't even compare.
Fantastic, I use this instead of buying taco seasoning packets. I use the recipe as written for about 1 lb ground elk or venison meat. I love being able to make tacos last minute with spices I always have on hand. Thanks for sharing.
I love this! I made the suggested amount for one packet and only used part of it because I like my food mild. It was just the right amount!
Thank you SO much for this recipe. I use this every time I need a packet. My son has a reaction to the bought stuff and I can adjust this to suit us. Another winner and staple from you. Thanks!
great taco mix, thanks for sharing your recipe
Good recipe. You can't go wrong with Kittencal's recipes. She's been a part of our kitchen for some time now, even though I don't know her. :-) I made this recipe exactly as directed, with 1/2 tsp. of white salt. However, I found it needed a little extra salt--1/4 tsp. extra--for our taste. I also added a 28 oz. of tomato sauce to the meat. The taco seasoning was beautiful. Keep in mind that if the seasoning comes out too spicy for your taste, you can balance out the heat with some added sugar. Thank you for posting.