This Taco Seasoning Recipe is brought to you by special request this Tuesday. First, I want to tell you a little about WHY and HOW I got into making my own spice mixes.
The WHY part is because I started reading about Monosodium Glutamate or MSG, and how frequently it’s used in our foods. Not only is it used to make rats fat for scientific studies, but it also makes humans crave more food…among other not so savory side effects. After checking over my cabinets, I was STUNNED to discover that many of the spice blends I used were [mostly] MSG. So I cleaned out my cabinets, stocked up on real herbs, and started working on my own blends.
You may have seen my chili mix recipe, or this delicious and versatile ranch dressing recipe, and maybe you’ve tried the amazing Greek dressing recipe and spice mix. Really, these are the main four spice blends that I reach for on a daily and weekly basis in the kitchen.
So, let’s get to the HOW to do it…it’s SO easy! This is what you’ll need:
Garlic powder, minced dried onion, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. And if you’re a Trim Healthy Mama like me, you’ll want to use glucomannan as your thickener.
You also want peppers to give your taco seasoning more personality. This is where things get fun. I have some very spice sensitive kiddos, and so I make only a mild taco seasoning blend. But you can branch out and go as hot and wild as you like! Here are some great pepper options for you to experiment with:
So far, I’ve experimented with two different ‘real’ whole dried chilis from the ethnic area of my grocery store with GREAT results. They are very mild and flavorful. I’ve tried the ancho and the guajillo with seeds, and had great results with both kinds. The ancho is sort of sweet and smokey tasting, and the other is more of just a straight up mild peppery taste.
If you’re not in an adventurous mood, though, you can use plain old red pepper flakes or even boost the heat with some cayenne. Remember, though…start with a mild mix, and then work your way up to where you like it. It’s easy to add more spice, but hard to take out the heat if you’ve over done it.
And now I will share with you the REAL secret to an AMAZING taco seasoning recipe:
Smoked Paprika, baby.
I found this tiny jar at a local store, and when it’s gone, I’m buying it in bulk from my Amazon store. It’s got a savory depth of flavor that’s just beyond words. It’ll be featured in my taco seasoning recipe and my chili mix from here on out.
So, basically, measure and blend…voila. I toss the spices and whole pepper into the blender or food processor and blend to break the pepper up into little pieces, and then add the minced onion last to give some nice texture to the final dish.
Isn’t it pretty!
I always make a jar-full. And it makes dinner come together SO fast. This is how easy it is:
Step 1: brown a pound of meat.
Step 2: add 2 Tablespoons of your homemade mix.
Step 3: add 1 Tablespoon of ketchup. If you haven’t tried the Trim Healthy Mama ketchup recipe yet, you should…it’s SO good!
Step 4: add 1/2 cup of water and stir.
Dinner is served.I pile it on warm tortillas, and we have something between a giant soft taco and a burrito.
It’s one of our favorite and fastest summer meals!
If you’re in the mood for a good S dinner, then top with cheese, sour cream, and your favorite salsa and veggies. If you want to keep it a Fuel Pull, then use 0% Greek Yogurt as a delicious sour cream sub, and just skip the cheese (or use a bit of lower fat cheese), and pile on the veggies and salsa.
This is my favorite brand of low carb tortilla.
Some of them have icky hydrogenated oils, and some unsavory ingredients, but this one is actually good and really tasty.So there you have it…a super easy Taco seasoning recipe and how to use it. Your printable recipe is below.
Be sure to check out the AMAZING Trim Healthy Tuesday link up just below…I am LOVING reading and trying the recipes each week!
- ⅔ cup chili powder
- ½ cup ground cumin
- ½ cup salt
- 1 whole ancho or guajillo dried pepper (very mild)
- 1 Tbls. smoked paprika for flavor *OR* cayenne pepper for more heat (can add both)
- ¼ c. garlic powder
- 1 Tbls. oregano
- 1 Tbls. glucomannan or Xantham gum *OR* sub ¼ cup corn starch if you're not a Trim Healthy Mama
- 1 cup minced onion
- Place all herbs and spices *except minced dried onion* into a blender, and blend to chop up pepper.
- Mix in minced onion.
- Store in a covered jar.
- A 1 or 2 Tbls scoop in the jar is really useful.
To Make Taco Meat:
- Brown 1 pound of ground beef, and drain.
- Rinse in hot water to use for FP or E meals.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of this taco seasoning recipe.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of ketchup, and ½ cup water.
- Stir and heat through.
- Serve with your favorite fixings!
1 Tbls. Minced onion
2 tsp chili powder
1½ tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika for flavor (optional)
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper (or crushed pepper of your choice) and/or ¼ tsp cayenne for heat
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp glucomannan or Xantham gum (or 1 tsp corn starch if you're not doing the THM plan)
pinch of oregano (1/8th tsp, crushed well)
Stir all spices into ground meat, and follow directions above for making taco meat.
I know this is about taco seasoning…but the blue mason jar just drowned out the entire post. Or maybe that was just for me.
Debbie Lund says
Thanks for selecting my “Smoked Salmon, Dill Cream Cheese & Sliced Onions on Onion Bread in a Mug [S]” to feature! I have nothing prepared to share this week – hopefully next week I’ll have two!
Debbie Lund says
Ok – I lied. Got in a BACON post! 🙂 Thanks for the link-up!
Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome says
Thanks for hosting! I have yet to try smoked paprika! I need to get some.
From where do you buy your flour tortillas?
Michael Ann says
I stumbled across smoked paprika not too long ago. It’s amazing, isn’t it?!? We even more recently discovered smoked chipotle chili powder. Oh my!
Thanks for posting this recipe. (Yes, I know it’s been here a while, but I just tried it this week. My family really liked it!)
So glad you enjoyed it! I love blogging, but I wanted to set my blog up more like a website where it’s easier to find recipes and stuff. So you can browse through anytime by S/E/FP or even my meal with the Recipe drop down menus. 🙂
LOVE smoked spices! My man loves the chipolte, but it’s too spicy for my littles right now. I should add the chipolte to his bowl!
Michael Ann says
Thanks for having your blog so organized! You spoil us THMers! I’m on your site all the time.
Aleah Cronk says
Just finally made the single meal recipe tonight. All 6 of us enjoyed it, and that’s saying a lot. (I didn’t have the smoked paprika or use the crushed red pepper.)
Thank you! 🙂 I see a bulk recipe in our future.
Oh, so happy! The smoked paprika is just amazing…you have to give it a try one day!
where can you find smoked paprika? I can only find regular..
I’m going to try this recipe tonight and if its a hit make up a batch. I also have a Fagita seasoning spice recipe we love and its so much cheaper than the packages I’ve been buying for years!!
I’ve found it online (Frontier has it in bulk) and at local stores…but it’s WAY cheaper online. 🙂
I made it for years without smoked paprika, but we really love it with that added smokey taste.
Where do you find your minced garlic? Is it the same thing as using Instant Chopped Onions I buy in the spice section at my local grocery store? I made your chili seasoning last night and it was a hit!!
Gwen Brown says
I buy it from a Farmer’s Market that has an impressive bulk spice aisle. 🙂 If you have trouble finding it, you can get minced dried organic garlic with Amazon prime (affiliate link)