One day I was in big trouble when my kids brought 6 friends home for dinner because they all heard I was
making a batch of my famous tacos. I had all the ingredients ready, enough to feed 10 of us. But at the last
minute I discovered that I did not have a single envelope of the store bought taco seasoning mix that I always
So I had to think fast. What are the ingredients
in that store bought taco mix? I remembered that
there was cumin in it, because many Mexican
recipes call for cumin. I remembered that cinnamon
is a common ingredient in curries, and that a touch
of cinnamon would probably taste good. I began to
experiment, adding lots of ingredients from my spice
cabinet. The result was delicious and I will never buy
packaged taco seasoning again. Making it at home is easy, inexpensive and contains no MSG or
preservatives like some packaged taco seasoning does.
Try it and see!
This recipe will work out well for 1 pound ground beef, chicken or pork....
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground dried hot red pepper flakes (or more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or 2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine (or substitute 2 teaspoons onion powder)
Wet ingredients (optional):
½ cup tomato salsa (this will bind the meat mixture and give it a little color)
First, brown the meat in a large skillet on medium high heat just until all the pink color is gone. Drain the
fat off and return the skillet to the stove.
Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion pieces are soft and translucent. Then add all the other
ingredients and heat through thoroughly and serve!
Taco Seasoning Recipe