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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Homemade Taco Seasoning... Why?
I tried a few recipes and found I liked this recipe and started making my own. For some reason I really like the minced onion in this one.
In addition to less salt I found I could also control the heat of the seasoning too. I tend to be a bit of a pansy with spicy foods. When I make this seasoning I found out adding no salt is really terrible tasting. It is really hard to recover from it too when seasoning the finished taco meat. On the other hand lessening the spiciness isn't a problem. Anyone wanting more heat just sprinkles on some Tapatio on their taco or burrito.
I like to mix up a batch and keep it in the pantry. First time I made it many years ago I put it in a sandwich bag and stuck it in the pantry. Next day when I opened my pantry I was slapped up side the head with a strong smell of taco seasoning and shelf liner. One would think it was delightful. No, it was overwhelming and not something I wanted to smell every time I entered the pantry. I placed the bag of taco seasoning in a jar with a lid and that keeps all the wonderful smell inside the jar. Now that I think about it why don't I just put the seasoning in a mason jar and save myself a baggie? Proof one can learn something new every day.
So, when making this experiment with the salt and the heat. I like to use 1 T of salt and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper for my perfect taco seasoning. I also never have ground oregano so I rub about 1 tablespoon of the oregano leaves between my hands to break it up a little for the 1 1/2 tsp of ground oregano.
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons salt, optional
3 tablespoons dried minced onions
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
Mix together and store in a tightly cover container. Makes about 12 servings of mix. Add 3 T of mix to 1 pound of browned ground beef along with 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and cook, uncovered, 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use seasoned meat in tacos, burritos, nachos, taco salads. Enjoy.