Put tacos back on the menu with our no-fuss and no-fillers, Whole30-friendly Homemade Taco Seasoning
Every Tuesday should involve tacos
Amirite!? I mean, why not? They’re super simple, easy to customize to suit everyone’s needs and preferences and they make great taco salads the next day if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.
I wish my kids loved tacos as much as I do because we’d be having them everrrrrry Tuesday. But, lo and behold, taco-love is apparently not a genetic trait and I make them far less often than I’d like. Sigh.
However, I will say this. Since I started making my own taco seasoning we’ve moved up a few points on the taco-love scale at our house. Probably because this homemade taco seasoning is pretty mild yet super flavorful. So feel free to add a pinch of cayenne pepper or ground ancho chili powder if you want yours a little spicer.
I don’t mind if the meat isn’t spicy because I’m obsessed with hot sauce and salsa. Like, obsessed. As in, don’t let me loose at the farmer’s market late summer because I will buy more hot sauce and salsa than vegetables if you let me.
Here are some tasty recipes for your taco Tuesday that call for Taco Seasoning: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, Tex Mex Sweet Potato Hash (perfect for using up leftover taco meat) and Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
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Why DIY taco seasoning?
You’ve got enough to do, I get it. But making your own homemade taco seasoning takes just 10 minutes (5 minutes if you’ve got an organized spice rack and don’t have to root through thirty bottles of random, unlabeled, tired and expired spices).
And… this recipe makes enough to season 3 pounds of ground meat so you can mix it up once and store the leftovers in labeled jar in your pantry for the next taco extravaganza.
And… there’s aren’t any funky fillers, preservatives or ingredients or sugar in my homemade taco seasoning. Just herbs, spices and salt.
So much more than tacos
I love fajitas almost as much as I love tacos so I use this homemade taco seasoning in this One-pan Chicken Fajita Bake to keep it super clean and Whole30-friendly. It’s also makes a great rub for grilled chicken or shrimp – which you can then toss onto a salad with a mound of homemade guacamole and your favorite salsa for an epic taco-inspired salad.
- Mix all ingredients together in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
To prepare taco meat:
- Add 1 lb. ground beef or bison to amedium skillet over medium-high heat.
- Use a spatula to break up the meat as it cooks.
- When the meat is cooked through, sprinkle 1 ½ Tbsp. taco seasoning over meat. Add 2-3 Tbsp. water and stir to combine, adding more water as needed.
- For saucier taco meat, add 2 Tbsp. tomato paste to meat mixture and stir.
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What’s your favorite DIY spice blend to have on hand for quick meals?
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