No more Taco Seasoning Packets

Yesterday I decided to cook Taco’s.

As I browned our lean turkey meat and added a McCormick packet of seasoning I had. I proceeded to mix it all together, only seconds later to realize that the packet expired in July 2010….

Yea…. Not sure when I bought it ;-) but it was a long time ago apparently!

I am sure since it was mostly spices, it was fine… but I couldn’t stomach to eat it, knowing it was expired by over a year! So we tossed it… and I then proceeded to whip up a new batch of meat…

As I browned the 2nd attempted taco meat mixture, I decided to try out a DIY Taco Mix. With spices at home, rather than a prepackaged packets.

I am so glad I took the chance and made this, because it came out great.


So here’s what you need:

1/4 cup chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 to 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp ground cumin
3 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine everything together in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. I got my airtight container from the Dollar General back in NC. I’m sure walmart or target has something similar :)

To use: Use 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning per pound of meat. So really its just replacing the taco seasoning packet you would have used. Combine 2 tbsp cornstarch with 1 cup cold water and stir to dissolve cornstarch. Add all this to the already browned meat. Simmer until liquid thickens.

I then served ours on hard shell taco’s as well as soft tortilla’s. My husband and I use the hard shell ones, since they are a fraction of the calories :) – I also top ours with shredded cheddar, romaine lettuce and freshly diced tomatoes.




This recipe btw makes enough for at least 4lbs of meat :) – so for us, thats 4 meals!
Original recipe came from: Allrecipes but was adapted by Smells like Home.

4 Comments on “No more Taco Seasoning Packets

  1. It is our turn to host small group tonight. I was fretting over what I could serve for dinner for 15 people. I needed something that is a quick fast fix. I only have an hour to prepare after work. I came to your blog and you put a stop to my fretting. Taxis and Spanish rice! Yum. I am going to try this recipe for taco seasoning. Thanks for sharing.

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