bulk spices

If you have access to bulk seasonings anywhere near you, then there is no reason to buy packaged taco seasoning or really any packaged seasonings.  Bulk seasonings are so cheap.  It is even worth making a separate trip to a store that you don’t do your regular shopping at just to buy bulk seasonings if that is necessary. You will save a ton of money, I mean a ton.

Herbs and Spices

Anyway, I make my own taco seasoning as I go.  I just toss some spices into the pan with the meat, add a little water and let it stew, just like you would with taco seasoning you buy in a packet.   The best part?  Less salt, no weird chemicals and fresh spices provide more flavor.

Taco Seasoning

This is enough for a pound of meat and works well for any kind of meat you want to use – ground beef, chicken, pork etc.   This is a great way to use leftover meat, by the way.

2 T chili powder
1 T salt   – you can always use less and I recommend starting with less so that you get the right flavor for you.
1 T garlic powder
1 t cumin
1 t onion powder
couple of shakes of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper

Just put all of this in with your meat, add a little water (1/4 cup or so) and turn on, cook until cooked through, water is gone and spices are well incorporated. I tend to add a little more water later and stew for a little bit while I prep the rest of the meal, but this isn’t necessary. If your meat is raw, you may want to brown it first, but I really only do this with ground beef so I can pour off any excess fat.