I have a few go-to recipes in my repertoire for nights when a delicious home cooked meal is needed but not one that’s fancy. We are pretty big fans of Mexican food, especially Chris, so I make tacos with our own taco seasoning at least once every two weeks. Originally, I was buying those all-in-one taco kits from the grocery store. Once we started making them so often however, I began to look for ways to make taco night a little less expensive and more flavorful.
I started making my own taco seasoning blend at that point. This way, I can control what types of spices go in the seasoning mix and save money at the same time. I like a taco that smoky with a little heat and not too much salt. Cumin, paprika and oregano are main players in my seasoning mix. I make a good amount of seasoning at a time, it usually lasts a little over 1 month or 3 uses.
The seasoning goes well with any sort of meat we’ve tried. My favorite so far has been ground turkey tacos. Chris is a fan of the traditional beef. We haven’t tried ground pork or shrimp yet, but I can’t see those being bad in any way. For nights when I’m in a vegetarian mood, I add the seasoning to a can of black beans and load up the tacos. This is one of the only vegetarian meals I can offer Chris without any complaints.
I like that taco night is one of personal choice. The perfect taco for me is a soft flour tortilla with meat, cheese, black beans, lettuce, a little red onion, salsa, sour cream, and a drop of sriracha. Chris’s ideal taco is a crunchy corn shell with meat, cheese, and sometimes maybe a little lettuce. Ah, the differences between genders…
Please feel free to use my recipe for taco seasoning and let me know what you think!Taco Seasoning 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder 1 Teaspoon Paprika ½ Teaspoon Red Chili Flakes 1 Teaspoon Salt (Kosher) 3 Teaspoons Ground Cumin 1 ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper -Mix together all ingredients and store in an airtight container. When ready to use, use 1-2 tablespoons per pound of meat or can of beans.