Taco Tuesday is a dinner tradition at our house and has been for quite some time. Before I became a label reader, I was a sucker for all those convenient seasoning packets. Gravies, marinades, salad dressings and especially taco seasoning. They made cooking easier because I didn’t have to gather a bunch of ingredients and measure them out each time I was going to cook. Doing away with the taco seasoning packets made our weekly Taco Tuesday tradition much more difficult. I just wanted the convenience of pre-measured spices, but in organic form, and without preservatives or added unnecessary ingredients. I tried so many recipes for taco seasoning, but I ended up loving the one from Wellness Mama. You can find her original post here.
When I changed the way my family ate, organic packets of seasoning didn’t exist. Now, there are some companies that offer organic options. So far, I’ve only seen some with added ingredients, usually starches. I like to avoid that if I can. This one from vitacost.com doesn’t have added ingredients, but it’s pretty pricey. A much more economical way is to make your own in bulk!
I buy my spices from Vitacost.com, I’ll link each one below. This makes it pretty inexpensive in the long run.
For this recipe you will need:
- Chili powder
- Onion powder (sold as granulated onion from vitacost)
- Garlic powder (sold as granulated garlic from vitacost)
Taco Seasoning Mix
A simple spice mix that can be made in bulk to make taco night even easier. No more seasoning packets needed!
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup cumin
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 2 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container.
3 Tbsp is equal to 1 mild taco seasoning packet.
Cook ground beef, breaking up while cooking. Add 3 Tbsp seasoning and 1/4 cup water or bone broth per pound of meat cooked. Simmer for a couple minutes until most of the water has cooked out.
This recipe makes enough for about 4.5 pounds of meat. It can also be doubled/tripled/quadrupled. I usually make a double batch of taco seasoning and it lasts me about 1 months worth of taco Tuesday’s, plus leftover taco Wednesday’s 😉
Side note: To save time in the kitchen, make double dinners and have leftovers for lunch the next day 😉