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

"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!"
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  • In a saute pan (I prefer non-stick but this isn't crucial), brown ground beef.
  • While beef is browning, combine the remainder of ingredients in a small bowl.
  • 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.
  • Serve on heated taco shells with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and hot sauce or however you prefer to use seasoned taco meat.

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  1. Taylor R.
    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.
  2. Tahitia
    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!
  3. SkyGlitter
    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!
  4. newspapergal
    Delicious!! I used ground turkey, sauteed it with a diced onion, cut the coriander in half, and increased the cumin & chili powder (we like things spicy). Served in whole-wheat tortillas with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, hot sauce & Recipe #36401. DH proclaimed this the "best" taco meat I've made. :) Thanks!
  5. House
    It's different than the other tacos. Must be the coriander. Thanks!



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