Taco night is by far my kid’s favorite night, and ever since the Lego Movie came out, any night of the week we have tacos has become Taco Tuesday. Has anyone else had that happen? It is definitely the meal that everyone in my house is happy about, so needless to say we have it quite often, and I aim to feed my family the best tasting, healthiest taco option. So, of course, this means no pre-made seasoning packet for this mama. Making your own taco seasoning is super simple and avoids all the fillers and icky additives you usually find in the pre-made seasonings. If it has ingredients I don’t recognize as real food, I definitely try to avoid it.
A few years back, I stumbled into a fanatical habit of watching any food documentary I could get my hands on. (Thank you Netflix.) These films have really fueled my desire for simple, sustainable and healthy living, and wanting the best for my family. The first movie I watched, of course, was Food Inc. (Watch the trailer HERE.) If you’ve never seen it, and are new to learning about how the food industry works, this is the place to start. (It’s on Netflix.) Ever since then, I’ve been on the never-ending road to sustainable, healthy eating (and living!). It’s not easy, and I’m not perfect, but cooking from scratch is a huge part of this lifestyle.
I do realize cooking from scratch is really hard to do for every meal, (especially for working mom’s like me) but not all homemade meals are hard. Since we have “Taco Tuesday” every week, I’ve found that having a big batch of homemade taco seasoning ready to go, makes it so much easier. It takes seriously 5 minutes to throw together, and it is a way tastier and healthier option. We usually have it on ground beef (locally raised of course), but it is wonderful on chicken as well. Are you ready to make some taco seasoning?
First, let’s talk about ingredients. This recipe has 7 ingredients. I get a lot of my spices from Costco, especially for this, since I go through quite a bit of seasoning. I also love Penzeys Spices. When I made this batch, I had just bought a big bag of chili powder from Penzeys. (That is what is in the Mason jar in the picture.) It was my first time purchasing their chili powder. My last container was from Costco, and it really pales in comparison. The Penzeys version is MUCH more flavorful. It even smelled yummier. It’s pricier than Costco, but the quality is immeasurable. For now, I still have the Costco Kirkland Red Pepper and Granulated Garlic, plus Cumin from Target and Oregano and Dried Onions from McCormick, but I plan to try all the Penzey versions eventually.
- 1 Cup Dried Onions
- 1/2 Cup Chilli Powder
- 1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Cup Cumin
- 2 Tablespoons Oregano
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes
Mix everything in a mixing bowl and store in a sealed container. (Label and date it, too)
When you’re ready for “Taco Tuesday”, just add one or two tablespoons to your meat or chicken and you’ve got yourself a quick simple meal.
In my family, we all prefer our tacos differently. The kiddos like theirs “Nacho” style with shredded cheese and fresh spinach. My husband likes his “Bowl” style with brown rice, black beans, and avocado. I’m a “Salad” style girl, with a big bowl of greens, avocado, tomato, onion and black beans. We both love fresh salsa too, especially, if I have made it from the garden or CSA veggies. SO yummy!
What’s your “Taco Style”?