Restaurant Style Taco Meat Seasoning

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

I loathe store bought taco seasoning. The flavor of it is so overpowering that you can hardly taste anything else on your taco! I found this recipe and adapted it a bit to suit my own tastes. I'm posting it on here mostly to be able to find it whenever I want to make it again. **NOTE: sometimes i substitute 1 tsp of store-bought taco seasoning in place of 1 tsp chili powder. you can't pick the flavor of the store-bought stuff out and it helps bring the flavors together a bit**

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In small bowl, mix all dry ingredients. set aside.
  2. brown meat in a skillet. when done, drain off fat.
  3. return skillet to burner. sprinkle on seasoning mix and add tomato paste and bouillon. add water and stir well to coat meat.
  4. let simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the majority of the water cooks off.
Most Helpful

This recipe is good but it does not taste anything like restaurant style tacos at all. <br/><br/>It tastes more like the taco seasoning mix you would buy in the store. <br/><br/>I used a real onion instead of the onion powder, chopped it finely, and fried it before adding it to the meat. I also cut back half on the chili powder and cumin and doubled up on the tomato paste. It came out less overwhelming with all the spices and it was nice.

sarada sapphire April 03, 2013