Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning

| January 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Homemade Taco Seasoning

As I was making my coffee this morning, Paige emerged from her bedroom — bleary eyed and yawning. Scrappy, who is still recovering from his neck injury, had been barking protests to his aching body as he moved around, trying to get comfortable. It woke her.

“It’s still early. Don’t you want to go back to sleep?” I asked her, “Or do you want to come rest in my bed a bit?”

Minutes later, we were cuddled up in my bed, talking about the dark morning and busy coming day. I breathed in her sweet scent, listening as she talked about clouds and the coming day. Then, too soon, it was time to wake Will, prepare breakfast and start the morning rush.

It was all so normal — a welcome feeling these days.

Part of finding our new normal here is figuring out our new flow of things. We’re only three days into this, but a few things are already clear. The time frames of our day have been shifted. We now have to wake much earlier so Will can catch his much earlier bus to school. And the kids come home from school much later, making dinnertime and after school fun a little harder. Since homework, dinner and all else are now condensed into a short time frame, dinners have to be simple and fast. It makes life easier that way.

One of our favorite fast dinners is tacos — crunchy for Shawn and I and soft for Will and Paige. It’s a meal that we can agree on. Making them takes only about 15 minutes, and there is room for creativity with the toppings for them — like salsas, tomatoes, lettuce and more.

But when it comes to taco seasoning, I’m a little more picky — and thus always make my own homemade taco seasoning. I love the rich, spiced flavor of homemade taco seasoning so much more than the store bought version. Call me crazy, but when it only takes four ingredients to whip up a flavorful homemade taco seasoning, why would you spend more for the packet? Try this, and you really will never go back.

And if you want it a little spicier, add a little cayenne or chipotle pepper powder to the mix — but beware, a little goes a long way.

Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: enough seasoning for 1 1/4 lbs of ground meat

Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp cumin

Directions

  1. Measure out ingredients and combine in a small whisk. Whisk gently to combine.
  2. To use: Brown 1 1/4 lbs ground beef, chicken or turkey. Drain. Add seasoning and 2/3 cup of water. Cook over medium heat until the liquid evaporates.
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(This recipe is a slight variation of my Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning.)

Category: Beef, Budget Eating, Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, spices/herbs

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Joanne says:

    My mom used to make us tacos from a packet which I am NEVER doing with my kids. homemade taco seasoning all the way! This sounds so great for a weeknight meal!

  2. This is great! It really looks quick and easy. Goodbye to take-away overly commercialized tacos! Which greens can be added for people who can’t get by without veggies in their tacos?

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