J-man (age 11) recently discovered a song called “It’s Raining Tacos.” (You can check it out here.) I think our family would love it if it rained tacos–they request them every week when I’m meal planning.
Because we grow and dry a lot of our own herbs, I thought it would be fun to make my own taco mix. That way, I know exactly what’s in it (no MSG or fillers, for example) and I can make it hot or mild, depending on our tastes.
It took a few tries (including some 4-alarm spicy fails!), and we ended up with this as our favorite combination of flavor and spice.
You can use this taco seasoning mix with beef, turkey, or chicken–ground or shredded. Yes, this is a great way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving!
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
This makes enough seasoning mix for 1 pound of meat.
2 tablespoons chili powder (store-bought or homemade)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Cayenne pepper or dried jalapenos to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon)
Combine all ingredients and store in a canning jar or other airtight container. Add to 1 pound of cooked hamburger or ground turkey with 1/2 cup of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
Here’s a jumbo-sized version of the recipe:
Taco Seasoning Mix: Giant Batch
2 cups chili powder (store-bought or homemade)
1/4 cup cumin
1/4 cup coriander
scant 1/4 cup garlic salt
3 Tablespoons dried oregano
Cayenne pepper or dried jalapenos to taste (start with 1 Tablespoon)
Combine all ingredients and store in a canning jar or other airtight container. Add 1/4 cup of mix and 1/2 cup water for every pound of cooked hamburger or ground turkey. Simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
Other Uses for Taco Seasoning Mix
Because everything is better when it’s taco-flavored. (Well, almost everything…)
Add 1/4 cup to flavor a batch of Crockpot Refried Beans
Mix with softened butter and spread on corn on the cob
Add to grilled chicken or steak for fajitas
Sprinkle on french fries or tater tots (if you like flavored fries, check out my favorite french fry seasoning)
Toss with roasted cauliflower
Spice up your baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.