|There are lots of good reasons for making your own Taco Seasoning Mix!|
If you're lucky enough to be celebrating Father's Day today, I hope you won't see this until the parties are over and you're thinking about what to put on the menu for the coming week. All weekend I've been really missing my dad, but I've also had tacos on the brain this weekend. I think it might have started when I bought a new type of whole wheat flour tortillas that were the perfect size for tacos, and soon I'd decided I had to mix up a batch of taco seasoning. (Ground Beef and Black Bean Taco recipe coming tomorrow!) There are lots of reasons why making your own taco seasoning mix is a smart idea, not least of which is that if you have a well-stocked spice pantry, you can make a lot of taco seasoning for the price of one of those packaged mixes. Making your own taco seasoning also lets you control what goes into the mix, so you don't get sugar, preservatives, or chemical ingredients you may not want. But most important to me is and reason this is called "Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix," is that when I make my own I can put just the flavors I like in a spice mix like this.
I love cumin, so my mix has lots of that. I also have a thing for cilantro, so I add dried cilantro to my version. (If you're not a cilantro fan, I think dried Mexican oregano would be a nice substitute.) I'm fond of the flavor of Ancho chile powder made from dried Poblano chiles, so I use lots of that (from Penzeys), and even though I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to heat I adore the smoky flavor of Chipotle Chile Peppers, so I use just a little ground chipotle. Of course when you make taco seasoning it will be your version, so I encourage you to adapt this recipe to whatever spices you like most or have on hand. (I did check some online versions when I was coming up with mine, and was inspired by taco seasonings from Food Renegade, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, and Green Lite Bites if you'd like to see some other options.)
My blend uses Ancho chile powder, chile powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, dried cilantro, sweet paprika, sea salt, and black pepper. (If you want more heat you can add a small amount of ground Chipotle peppers, which I forgot to put in the photo!)
You could definitely just mix this together in a bowl, but I wanted the cilantro to be ground up more, so I put the ingredients into the bowl attachment of my immersion blender.
This recipe makes about a cup of Taco Seasoning Mix. I put mine in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and I think it will keep for at least a year this way. (I use wide adhesive tape and a Sharpie marker to make labels for the tops of my spice jars, since they're stored in a drawer.)
(Makes about 1 cup of dried Taco Seasoning Mix; recipe inspired by Kalyn's flavor preferences and recipes from other blogs, especially Food Renegade, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, and Green Lite Bites.)
1/4 cup Ancho Chile Powder
2 T chile powder
3 T ground cumin
1 T dried cilantro
1 T sweet paprika (not hot paprika, unless you like it hot)
1 T fine grind sea salt (or slightly less regular salt)
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. fine grind black pepper
1 tsp. ground Chipotle Chiles (optional, but good if you want more heat)
You can simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir them together. I wanted a mixture that was more finely ground, so I put the ingredients into the bowl attachment of my immersion blender (or a small food processor would work) and buzzed them together for about a minute.
Store Taco Seasoning Mix in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Start with 2 T per pound of ground beef for regular ground beef tacos, then taste to see if you want it more spicy.
South Beach Suggestions:
One great thing about making your own spice mix blends is that you can be sure they don't contain added sugar, insuring that this mix is suitable for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
More Tasty Taco-Flavored Recipe Ideas:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos from Kalyn's Kitchen
Perfect Taco Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Braised Chicken Tacos from [No Recipes]
Chipotle Chicken Tacos from Homesick Texan
Quinoa Taco Salad from Gluten-Free Goddess
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)