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taco seasoning?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

When I make tacos, I usually buy a seasoning packet to add to my ground beef.  

 

I'd like to start seasong the beef using the herbs/spices I have at hand.

 

Can anyone tell me what spices they use and in approximate quantities to make taco meat??

 

TIA!

 

post #2 of 9

If you google diy taco seasoning you will get alot of hits. I like this recipe from Annie's eats.

 

4 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

 

Use 2 heaping teaspoons in place of a packet of seasoning, add w/ about 1 cup of water.

post #3 of 9

I use a blend of chili powder, coriander and cumin as my generic "Mexican" spice.  If I want it, I typically add the oregano separately, the oregano burns quicker in applications like meat rubs, but for taco seasoning it works just fine.  I usually make 3 or 4 times this amount, and just keep it on hand, in which case you want 2 tsp or to taste per pound of meat. 

 
1 1/4  teaspoons Chili Powder
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1/4 teaspoon Dry Oregano, heaping

 

post #4 of 9

I've used this recipe from allrecipes.com for a while: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=taco%20seasoning&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page. My hubby, who is Mexican, approves of it. (If he didn't like it, he would let me know.)

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by allisonrose View Post

I've used this recipe from allrecipes.com for a while: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=taco%20seasoning&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page. My hubby, who is Mexican, approves of it. (If he didn't like it, he would let me know.)


I was writing this down, when I realized that it's the recipe I already use, LOL! 

 

I don't have garlic powder or onion powder, so I usually saute a diced onion and 2 or 3 or 4 crushed garlic cloves instead. 

 

post #6 of 9

My kids LOVE tacos. Every couple of months I make "taco packs" for the freezer. I put half an onion, half a jalapeno pepper, a couple cloves of garlic, a tomato, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and chili powder in a ziploc bag. I take it out to at least partially thaw earlier in the day, put everything through the blender and then add it to the meat when it is almost browned.


Edited by Shantimama - 3/19/12 at 12:29pm
post #7 of 9

PBJMAMA nailed it IMO with the seasoning. The only thing I use that wasn't in her list is Tony Chachere's creole seasoning (which I use on everything except desserts), and of course Tabasco.

post #8 of 9

I brown ground beef (.5lb) with half an onion (finely diced) and then add about 3 cloves of garlic, diced finely (yes, I love garlic) when the meat is almost browned.  At that time I also add chili powder, ancho chili powder, oregano, cumin, black pepper and coriander (and then just whatever else I feel like throwing in, but those are the staples).  If you aren't using garlic powder, but actual garlic, you don't want to use it at the same time as the onion as the garlic will burn faster than the onion.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies.  My taco packet buying days are over now!!

 

Peace ~~

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