Taco Seasoning, Know What’s in it and how to use it
Taco Seasoning: Have you ever wondered what exactly is in that little packet of taco seasoning that you buy at the store? It’s very easy to know. Just check the ingredients on the packet; they are all things you can pronounce and find in your cupboard.*
You can also make your own taco seasoning. Here is a recipe for homemade taco seasoning:*
1 tablespoon chili powder (or 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder)*
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder*
1/4 teaspoon onion powder*
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes*
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano*
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika*
3 teaspoons ground cumin*
2 teaspoons salt*
2 teaspoons black pepper*
Mix together and use to season one pound of meat. My favorite thing about making my own taco seasoning is that I can adjust the heat level. I love spicy food, so I use more chipotle chili powder and red pepper flakes than most recipes call for. You can just adjust the amounts listed above to suit your taste.**
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Taco Seasoning, Know What’s in it and how to use it.
Taco seasoning is a blend of dried herbs and spices used to flavor ground meat. It is often used as a base for taco meat filling in Mexican cuisine. The most common ingredients include ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes and salt.
Taco seasoning can be purchased ready-made or prepared at home using a variety of recipes. Commercial blends generally come in packets or small bags for ease of use. Dry packaged mixes are sold in supermarkets with other spice mixes such as chili powders for convenience. It is also possible to find taco seasoning at Latin American grocery stores and specialty shops which offer a wider selection of these spices.
When making your own taco seasoning it is important to remember that not all recipes are the same so be sure to follow your recipe carefully. As with other dry mix recipes, taco seasoning can be stored at room temperature in airtight containers for up to six months.
Do you know what’s in your taco seasoning? Have you ever wondered? I have.
I’ve used store bought taco seasonings for years, and have always liked them. But recently I started to wonder what was in them, so I decided to do a little research. The first thing I discovered is that many brands of taco seasoning contain MSG. While it may not be a problem for some people, it’s something my family and I try to avoid as much as possible. So, I began looking at different recipes on the internet. There are lots of them out there, but they all seemed to have too many ingredients and seemed too complicated. I wanted something easy with just a few spices that would be similar to my favorite brand of taco seasoning.**
Ever thought about the Taco seasoning you buy at the store? I mean you trust that it’s good quality and is going to season your food well. But do you ever think about what’s really in it?
We’ve been using it for years, but have always wondered. So we decided to investigate. What we found may be shocking to some, maybe not to others, but nonetheless interesting.
In this blog post we will share with you our findings and recipes that we like to use taco seasoning in. We will also give you some ideas of how you can improve upon the taco seasoning recipes that are out there.
So let’s first start off with what’s actually in taco seasoning. Well, according to McCormick® their original taco seasoning recipe consists of chili pepper, paprika, maltodextrin (a type of sugar), salt, corn starch, onion powder, modified corn starch, silicon dioxide (prevent caking), spice extractive (with paprika), garlic powder and natural flavors.
Taco seasoning is something that every household should have on hand. This way, when you need it, it’s there. You never know when you might need to whip up some tacos or fajitas. But having it on hand is important. If you want to buy your seasoning already made, that’s fine, but if you want to make your own taco seasoning so that you can control the ingredients and how much of each ingredient goes in there, then try making your own taco seasoning.
The following recipe makes 1/4 cup of taco seasoning and should be enough to season 1 pound of meat. If you want to make more or less, just adjust the recipe accordingly. This is a simple recipe and only takes a few minutes to make.
Making your own spice blends is easy and better for you since you know exactly what’s going in it. Store this in an airtight container for up to 6 months for best quality and flavor.
Have you looked at the ingredient list on the back of a packet of taco seasoning? If you have not, take a look. You will see a long list of ingredients and the first ingredient is Salt. Yes, Salt. Taco seasoning is one of the easiest things to make at home and it will taste better than store-bought taco seasoning!
I always have homemade taco seasoning on hand. I can make it in 5 minutes or less (including cleanup) and it is always ready when I need it. It is stored in my spice cabinet and if you are wondering what to make for dinner, tacos are always an option.
I have been making my own taco seasoning for years and as a result, I rarely use store-bought taco seasoning. I know exactly what is in my taco seasoning, how much of each ingredient I am adding to my dish, and there are no preservatives in the homemade version.
Taco seasoning is a blend of spices used in Mexican cooking. It is often used with ground beef to flavor taco fillings, but it can be added to soups, stews and casseroles as well. The following is a basic recipe for taco seasoning which can be adjusted to suit one’s own taste preferences.
Makes 1/2 cup
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon table salt or kosher salt, or more to taste
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste (optional)
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Store tightly covered for up to 6 months. To use: In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown 1 pound ground beef; drain off excess fat. Add 3 tablespoons of the seasoning mix and 2/3 cup water; stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Use as directed in your favorite recipes calling for taco seasoning.