Tacos from Scratch (Way Better Than a Packet and Just As Easy!)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Those "taco seasoning" packets are usually so high in sodium and contain all kinds of unecessary junk. Give this one a try. You can adjust the seasoning to your liking, add onions when you brown the beef or not, whatever you like. I like to add fresh jalapenos when I add the sauce. Consider this a base recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saute pan (I prefer non-stick but this isn't crucial), brown ground beef.
  2. While beef is browning, combine the remainder of ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Drain beef. Return to pan. Add the sauce. Stir, and add some water if desired (I add maybe 4-8 oz.). Simmer uncovered until meat reaches desired consistency.
  4. Serve on heated taco shells with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and hot sauce or however you prefer to use seasoned taco meat.
Most Helpful

Very tasty! Usually we have leftovers but not this time! I left out the coriander because I didn't have any, but it was still great.

Taylor R. March 27, 2009

Yum! So easy and very, very much better than those awfully salty packets they sell. And for extra freshness, I used fresh coriander leaves. Thanks! I'll make them over and over again!

Tahitia September 01, 2009

Wow! I just finished eating this and it's absolutely yummy and SO easy to make. I made it exactly - just minus the hot sauce. It is the perfect blend of spices - it's not overpowering or bland and WAY better than the taco seasoning packets. I probably have about 10 of those in my cupboard and I'm wondering what to do with them now :) I'm sure I will be making this frequently! Thanks for posting!

SkyGlitter January 13, 2008