Anyone have a taco seasoning recipe?
Hi, yes! And though I just eyeball most of the ingredients (having made tacos this way since my aunt taught me years ago), here's what I do--so easy:
Sprinkle Penzey's adobo over the meat as it's cooking.
Drain the fat from the meat, then add:
small can of tomato sauce (Hunt's or Cento usually)
1 tablespoon of chili powder
(I actually split mine so it's 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon chipotle, 1 teaspoon ancho)
a little cumin
a little water (or wine or beer if you have it handy)
a little cinnamon and a little cocoa powder or ground chocolate (this is my variation--optional)
I also add epazote and cilantro to mine, but I am a bit of a nut with spices. All the spices for tacos/chili go across the bottom row of my spice rack for ease of use since we usually make tacos once a week.
Like it hot? Cut up a chipotle in adobo OR add more chipotle powder.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or corn oil
1 small onion , chopped small (about 2/3 cup)
3 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound 90% lean ground beef (or leaner)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar (preferably cider vinegar)
Ground black pepper
These are all great suggestions. I would like to add that my secret ingredient in taco seasoning is about 1/8 cup corn starch. Place all of your spices in a bowl, add in the corn starch and then whisk in 1/4-1/2 cup of water. This will create a thicker sauce that sticks nicely to your ingredients, replicating the texture of a pre-mixed taco seasoning packet with your own take on the flavors.
Den I sort of got hooked on the worst thing. Taco Bells Taco salads. I know.
I'm watching my weight, and they were handy and tasty, I just don't eat rice, and I ask for extra lettuce. So, I found these turkey strip things in a bag, and I add chili powder, cumin, and cilantro, I warm it up, and it tastes so good. From there I make the salad, lots of lettuce, cilantro, scallions, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, radishes, and I have to have a nice salsa. I make my fresh salsa, fresh tomatoes, limes, serrano chilies, pepper, salt, red onion, cilantro, and its really flavorful. I love this salad.
I now add black beans to the bottom of the bowl, then add lots of crispy lettuce, and then tomatoes. Cilantro, onion, tomatoes cheese, and chicken. And sour cream. Then the salsa. I have to admit, I'm just crazy about salsa, so I have too much on there, but geez I sure love it. add the avocado lasts, then pepper again. The seasoning and hotness is all in the salsa. key is to keep the lettuce crispy, and not wet. So far I've really been successful, and these salads are working.
2 T california chili powder
1 T cumin
1 T dried oregano
1 T garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
add some red pepper flakes - as much as you think you can handle, I'd add 1 T, that's alot That's the dry seasonings, just add those to 1lb of either the chicken or turnkey strips, or ground meat. Don't add any moisture, just cook it in the dry ingredients.
I happened to find these turkey strips, and they were identical to Taco Bell's meat topping, they worked perfectly.
Or add it to ground meat, then drain it. This is such a great flavor, and you then can build on top of that. I hate to admit it I used to use the Taco seasonings from McCormick, I woudl just dump it on the meat. I never read the directions, I'd add water a little at time.
The use sour cream for the salad, to sort of mellow the whole thing out.
I do chop about about 2 cups of cilantro, and I add that to the meat. Then I add fresh cilantro to the meat or the salad right before serving/