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Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Create your own zippy taco seasoning for spicing up Mexican dishes. It's handy and less expensive than buying envelopes of prepared mix from the store. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 6-7 batches (about 3/4 cup total).
  • 2. To prepare tacos: In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Yield: 4 servings per batch.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 teaspoons mix and 1/4 pound ground beef equals 200 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 873 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Reviews for Taco Seasoning Mix

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"I have used this recipe since it first came out in Quick Cooking years ago. I always cut the salt in half, and sometimes by two-thirds. I also don't add bouillion. Instead, I add beef soup base equivalent when making the taco meat - less sodium again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Citric acid is a good replacement for 90% of the salt used. Just gives a slight lemon flavor, which I love anyway. I also use less critic acid than I did salt a lot. Not a lot of difference in price, really good for salt problems."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"easy and quick to make. Most of these ingredients are on hand. The taste was great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"great alternative to store brands - will make it again, but I also cut down on the salt"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I've tried a lot of different seasoning recipes for tacos and this is the only one that my kids like."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"YUCK. This was horribly salty. I would never make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I needed a low sodium taco mix and made with only 1 TBSP salt instead of 3. It was much better than the packaged stuff and cheaper too. Will keep this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"My family agrees that they would rather have this seasoning for taco meat instead of buying the packets at the store. A great money saving idea for the person who always has these ingredients on hand."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for many years. I have to make a very large batch because my friends all want me to share. I cut down the salt. This is the best taco seasoning I ever had."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Excellent! Smells and taste great so easy. Great to have on hand."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"To much salt"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"don't you think that is wrong with the how much salt!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"Re Taco Seasoning Mix

Thank you so much--Can't wait to try it--It is great to know what is in the mix--packaged mixes have ???????J-baker"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"Great idea! I love that there is no MSG but a little concerned about all the sodium (salt plus boullion granules). I plan to reduce the salt and process in the blender to create a more emulsified, powdered product. Eager to try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"Thank you for this recipe; can't wait to try it. I dislike the packaged seasoning blends because of the MSG and all the other questionable ingredients. Much healthier alternative!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"Wow, home made taco seasoning. The package ones just never taste right. As a kid I use to watch my grandma make the seasoning. I can remember she use real garlic, onion,and she crushed whole black pepper along with the onion and garic then she added water and a couple other spices and crushed it some more then she added it to the meat while the meat was cooking. I remember the aroma just filled the air if you were close by and you would just float through the air following the aroma to the sorce. I would eat those tacos even if I wasn't hungry. All those store bought packages taste like they are a mutation of the real thing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"This a great recipe! Way better than the pre-packaged!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2009

"Sooooo cool! I love this recipe! I used taco seasoning all the time, and it can be expensive. Thank you Karen!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"MICHIGANGIRL - Use advanced recipe search and check the low sodium option. This will keep you from coming across recipes that are not good for "YOUR" diet. Karen Owens shared this recipe as a money saver. She achieved just that and it is equivalent to the sodium content in package mix. The nutritional facts above include the ground beef."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! IT USES INGREDIENTS AND SPICES FOUND IN A COMMON AMERICAN HOME!!!! I LOVE IT'S FLAVOR, INGENUITY, AND SHELF LIFE!!!! THANKS FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER, FOR THOSE DAYS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA TIME AND CARE FOR MY CHILDREN!! HAVE FUN COOKING!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"TOO HIGH A SODIUM CONTENT! THE BOUILLON AND THE HIGH AMOUNT OF SALT OF ARE TERRIBLE CULPRITS! PLUS, THE BOUILLON IS EXTRA HIGH IN POTASSIUM WHICH IS BAD NEWS FOR SOMEONE WITH KIDNEY PROBLEMS SUCH AS MYSELF.A PERSON SHOULD ALWAYS TRY TO LOWER THEIR DAILY SODIUM LEVELS TO KEEP THINGS LIKE HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND KIDNEY FUNCTIONS AT A GOOD AND HEALTHY LEVEL!"

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