Make your weeknight dinner prep even faster with this Easy Taco Seasoning!
Making a larger batch of seasoning ensures you can put any Mexican inspired dinner together quickly and has none of the preservatives you find in pre-made mixes.
Perfect for ground beef, turkey or even chicken, this is a quick hack for making your life easier in the kitchen.
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Originally posted, May 29, 2015.
This taco seasoning saves me time
Mmmmmm, Taco Tuesday. While we don’t eat tacos every single week and most of the time it doesn’t end up being a Tuesday, we eat a lot of tacos. Or a variation of the taco.
But I use the same taco seasoning each time. After years of making it as needed, I decided to make a bunch to keep on hand for even speedier meal prep.
I make my own to stay away from preservatives and extra sodium of the packaged kind. And the mild flavor is so good.
With this done ahead of time, I just have to brown my meat with a few tablespoons of this seasoning and I’m almost done with making dinner.
No matter if you are making tacos, taco bowls or even Sheet Pan Nachos, this mix will get dinner on the table faster.
How do you make taco seasoning from scratch?
Making homemade taco seasoning is as easy as mixing together spices that you have in your cupboard.
There are just four ingredients in my recipe. You probably have them all on hand.
These spices are probably the ones that I use most often when I’m cooking. Chili powder adds tons of flavor without too much heat which is a must if I want my kids to eat it.
Cumin is essential. It has such a unique flavor and instantly gives tons of flavor to any dish you add it to.
I try not to use too much salt but this is a personal preferance. So just adjust it to your liking.
The garlic powder gives me flavor (without being too garlic-y) and rounds out this recipe perfectly.
There are other spices you can add like paprika and onion powder, but this is my basic recipe that is super versatile.
I don’t add any thickeners to my mix or add water to the meat as I’m cooking. I don’t like saucy taco meat. But do what feels right to you.
Make your own taco seasoning
Simply measure all your ingredients into a small mixing bowl or right into your storage jar.
I like to use a small air-tight container.
It keeps your mix fresh and has a large mouth for your measuring spoon. Plus it will look cute on your counter or in your cupboard. And that is always the most important part of cooking, right?
Working with spices can get messy. No matter how hard I try, spices end up all over my kitchen.
Luckily they wipe up very easily. Also, your kitchen will smell amazing while you make this!
Use a spoon to stir up your seasoning or just close the lid and shake. Shake, shake, shake your groove thang to get it all mixed.
Not only does this make delicious family meals but this taco seasoning would also make a great gift for new neighbors, families who have just had a baby or even teachers.
I mean, taco ’bout a great year! Cute, right? OMG, I’m SO going to do that!
You could even add a measuring spoon and some cute hand towels to round out the present.
Want more dinner ideas? Check out my ‘easy weeknight meals’ pinterest board or these great posts:
- If you love pizza as much as I do make this Salami and Pepperoncini Pizza! I took my favorite sandwich and turned it into a pizza.
- Chicken Eden Isle is my FAVORITE dinner of all time. With cream cheese, sour cream and dried beef, it’s not great on the waistline but your mouth will love it.
- This list of easy dinner ideas can hardly be considered cooking but will help you feed your family this fall.
Best Taco Seasoning Recipe
- Add all ingredients to a bowl or storage jar.
- Mix well.
- Use about 2 TBSP of the spice mix per 1 pound of ground beef.
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