On a recent trip to the grocery store, I passed by a display of those popular taco-kits. I remember these from when I was kid. It was fun – you’d buy the kit that had everything you need in it, just add some ground beef, and voila! Taco night! …If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall I recently posted a Cinco de Mayo recipe for goat tacos. So when I walked by the display, I was curious, what is in this premade mix? It seems to me that most things in the kit could be purchased separately in any standard grocery store, except for that very necessary seasoning mix. Well, in addition to the spices you might expect there were also things like (depending on the brand) maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, ethoxyquin, autolyzed yeast extract, artificial color, and sulfites. What are these things? I don’t know. But what I do know is that it is super easy to make your own delicious and flavorful taco seasoning mix, without any chemicals that are difficult to pronounce. Head to Penzey’s Spices and you’ll find everything to make your own blend, and you’ll have to ability to customize it to your taste. Want a little more heat? Maybe add some garlic flavor? A little less salt? No problem. This seasoning would work very well with ground beef, pork, shredded chicken, or with beans for vegetarian tacos.
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
2 tablespoons Spanish paprika (pimenton)
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place all of the ingredients in a sealable container, jar, or bag. Shake until everything is evenly combined and store until ready to use.
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