Tacos are one of our favorite easy dinners. It's quick & easy to make - making it perfect for a weeknight dinner. Instead of using a prepackaged taco seasoning mix I like to make our own homemade taco seasoning with simple spices and herbs that you probably have in your own kitchen.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade taco seasoning is such a quick and easy thing to make. I used to make it one batch at a time, as we needed it. But recently I started making a larger batch so I didn't have to mix it up every time. We've also discovered that taco meat made with ground beef can be used for lots more than just tacos!
What you'll need:
Want to mix up your own batch of homemade taco seasoning? You'll need salt & pepper, 6 other spices from your spice cabinet, and a small mason jar to hold your homemade mix.
Red pepper flakes
All you need to do is add the spices to your jar, including the cornstarch (if you're using it - it adds a bit of thickness if you like your meat a bit 'saucy'), put the cover on, and give it a good shake. To use - simply add 2-3 tablespoons per pound of cooked ground meat, along with 2/3 cup water, just like you would a packet of taco seasoning.
I've even used this to cook up a big batch of taco meat in the crockpot - perfect for filling your freezer! We love using taco meat as the base for a variety of casseroles and taco soup - check below for some fabulous ideas!
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
1/2 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (can add more for extra heat)
1 heaping tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1/4 cup cumin
2 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons pepper
3 tablespoons cornstarch, optional
Combine the chili powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cornstarch in a 2-cup mason jar. Put on the lid and shake well.
To use: Add 2-3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water to a pan of cooked ground beef. Simmer over medium heat until water is almost completely absorbed, stirring often.