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Anyone have a taco seasoning recipe?

Den Apr 27, 2009 08:32 AM

I'm tired of using the packets and am looking for a good taco seasoning recipe if you have one...thanks in advance.

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  1. kattyeyes RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 09:09 AM

    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.

    1. Botch RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 09:28 AM

      Mine is
      2 parts onion powder
      2 parts garlic powder
      2 parts sugar
      2 parts salt
      1 part oregano
      1 part cumin
      2 parts powdered chilis (whatever you have)
      1 part paprika
      1 part pepper

      It's pretty darn good, you just dust the meat with it, maybe rub it in, and cook.

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        KiltedCook RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 11:19 AM

        2 parts powdered chilis of choice (I like mulatto, ancho and chipotle)
        1 part cumin
        1 part onion powder (not salt)
        1 part oregano

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          bnemes3343 RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 11:24 AM

          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
          Salt
          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

          1. Sam Fujisaka RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 11:28 AM

            Cook the beef with a bit of salt, finely diced onion, chopped garlic and chopped cilantro, then add: chile powders & cumin.

            1. Phoo_d RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 02:45 PM

              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.

              Phoo-D
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                kubasd RE: Phoo_d Apr 27, 2009 09:23 PM

                I use chorizo, with two pinches of cinnamon, 3 of chile powder, 2 of cumin, 2 of coriander, 1 of salt, and 1 of black pepper. I saute in a pan and serve on double corn tortillas with home-pickled red onions, cilantro, and my el salvadorean tomato sauce

              2. chef chicklet RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 09:54 PM

                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.
                measurements

                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/

                1. ipsedixit RE: Den Apr 27, 2009 11:08 PM

                  I'm lazy, I just use Vegeta.

                  1. Den RE: Den Apr 28, 2009 05:04 AM

                    Great suggestions all and thanks for the help!!

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