Homemade Taco Seasoning, easy to make and easy to store in the pantry.
Ever since I discovered smoked paprika a few years ago, I’ve gone crazy using it. And sprinkling some in taco seasoning is no exception. If you’d like substitute this homemade mixture for any Mexican recipe, just use about 3 tablespoons instead of a store purchased packet. It brings a whole new level of earthy depth to any Mexican dish. And just look at that bold color.
When using this for tacos, just add 3 tablespoons of this seasoning to one pound of browned ground beef. Add a cup of water and simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste and add more seasoning if desired.
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds freshly toasted and ground, or 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion power
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
Put all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. To use, break up a half pound of ground beef in a wide skillet over medium heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, sprinkle on a tablespoon or two and continue stirring. As moisture cooks out of the meat and simmers, it will be thickened by the cornstarch.
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