I am the kind of person that will cut corners when I can, but the other night I had no choice; I was out of taco seasning. Thankfully, I saw this recipe on another blog and thought it would be interesting to see if it tasted similar to the pre-packaged taco seasonings. Let me just say that I would rather stock up on all these seasonings than spend $1 on a taco seasoning packet!!! This recipe is really worth taking a few extra minutes to make. I actually cut the recipe in half because I didn't want to use up so much of my spices if I didn't like it. Next time I know I will make a big batch so I have extra for a random taco night. Also we normally get the "hot" packets so I might add more cayenne or maybe some chili seasoning to it. Since I know you are dying to ask, yes I did try the mixed seasoning by itself before putting in my recipe. It tasted excellent and much better (less salty) than the packets in the store!!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 tbsp chili powder
1.5 tbsp plus 1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp plus 1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (we like ours a little hot)
Mix all seasonings in a bowl and store in airtight container. For seasoning, use 2-2.5tbsp of mixture per 1 lb ground beef. Brown ground beef in pan, drain, return to pan and mix with seasoning.