My family loves to eat tacos and taco salad, but we do not like the store-bought seasoning packets. Instead we mix our own seasoning using no MSG, added starch, etc. Our mix is also salt-free for anyone looking to lower their sodium intake.
It is very easy to whip up as needed, but you can double or triple the recipe and store in an air-tight container. If you really like it, you could make several batches to give as hostess gifts during the Christmas holiday.
1 Tbsp chili powder
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
In a small bowl, combine all the spices well. I use this amount on two pounds of ground grass fed beef.
I like to saute chopped onions and bell peppers in a pan. Then I add the grass fed ground beef. Once the beef is browned, add the seasoning. Then, add three tablespoons of water to the beef. Stir. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
This makes a great filling for tacos. Regardless if you are filling crunchy taco shells, soft flour tortillas, or corn tortillas, the seasoned beef pairs well with guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. Add lettuce and tomatoes to your liking.
Taco salad is an easy dinner, too. For this dinner, the only ingredient I add to the grass fed beef mixture is a drained can of ranch style beans.
We build our own salads so you don’t have to worry about picky eaters. Each individual selects what he/she wants. Set out the salad components on the counter like a buffet. Add bowls of whatever your family likes like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, black olives, etc. Have each person lay a foundation of salad on his/her plate.
Then scoop a healthy helping of the seasoned beef mixture. Add a handful of corn chips like Fritos for crunch. Grate some cheese. And then for dressing, add a spoonful of sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa top off your flavorful dinner.
I hope that you try my taco seasoning recipe. It is easy to make and very flavorful. And, it is a much healthier alternative to the store-bought version. Enjoy!