Homemade Taco Seasoning

I mentioned yesterday I would be making tacos today.  I just wanted to share my seasoning recipe.  This is a spicy version and I like to add salsa or tomato juice to add even more flavor.  I used ground beef but if you prefer chicken or pork just adjust to your tastes.

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tbs cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

In mortar mix together all ingredients; make sure cumin seeds have been slightly crushed.

Add to 1 pound cooked ground beef.  Add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup salsa or tomato juice.  Stir in beans and any other desired ingredients.  I used the beans and olives leftover from the layered dip I made yesterday.  Corn relish or jalapeno would make a nice addition too.  Add additional salt and pepper if desired;  I did add a little more salt to mine.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Jalapeno Lime Taco ~ with sliced avocado of course!

We enjoy quite alot of mexican inspired food.  Avocados are one of our favorite snacks; many times we simply slice the avocado squeeze on some fresh lime juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. As for our tacos and just about any food we consume we try to avoid all of the artificial flavors, preservatives and MSG. Therefore we have to make our own seasoning for tacos.  We have many different recipes and techniques we use and today of course was no different.  This time we went with a lime and jalapeno version ~ very spicy; no sauce needed!   Below is the recipe we used. Add any of your favorite extras.  Sour cream tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, avocado …… just remembered I forgot to use my homemade canned corn relish today!  Oh no, going to have to make tacos again soon!

Jalapeno and Lime Tacos

  • 1 lb Ground Beef ~ I prefer ground chuck
  • 2 Clove Garlic – minced
  • 2 Jalapeno – diced
  • 1/4 Cup Onion – diced
  • 1 Tbs Cumin – whole seed crushed just before using works best
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayanne
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Juice
  • Juice from 1/2 Lime – more or less to taste

Cook the meat along with garlic, jalapenos, and onion over medium high heat.  Add the seasonings just before meat is cooked through.  I like to add the seasoning while the meat is cooking to incorporate the flavor more fully.  If needed drain the meat ~ chuck or round is less likely to need the fat drained; keep in mind if draining you will lose some of the flavor but nobody wants a greasy taco and you can always add more seasoning as needed.  Add the tomato juice and lime juice.  Heat through test for flavor and serve.  Great with crunchy or soft taco shells; which ever you prefer and your favorite toppings.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! ~ Kimberly