I am so far behind on my Whole30 update!
Until I get to that, I thought I’d share this super easy recipe for taco seasoning mix.
The stuff you buy in the packets is no bueno as far as Whole30 goes, because the brand I’ve been using (McCormick) contains the following ingredients:
Spices (Including Chili Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, Oregano), Onion, Whey (Milk), Salt, Garlic, Sugar, Potato Starch, And Natural Flavor
I had no idea there was sugar in that. There is seriously f***ing sugar in everything!!!
Just out of curiosity , I Googled the Ortega low sodium taco seasoning ingredients:
Yellow Corn Flour, Maltodextrin, Salt, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Ancho Pepper, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Caramel Color, Silicon Dioxide
What the hell is all that shit?
So after checking out a couple different homemade seasoning mixes, I made a few tweaks and tried out my own.
Most of the ones I saw use chili powder and red pepper flakes and oregano, but we didn’t have any of those which is fine because we are all kind of wimpy in the spice department, and nobody really likes much heat in their food.
So all you need is 5 ingredients:
1/2 – 1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion power
Perfect! Those are the spices/seasonings I use most often, and Costco sells big ass containers of them and I already had plenty of all of them.
I mixed those five things together and added them with 1 1/4 c water to browned ground turkey.
(If you like more heat, add 1/4 – 1 tsp chili powder and/or red pepper flakes, depending on how hot you want it)
It tasted just like the packet stuff, better actually, minus all the other crap they add into it.
All the kids had tacos last night and none of them knew the difference.
Why I haven’t done this before, I have no idea. It takes about 30 seconds to make and there’s no sugar or shit I can’t pronounce in it.
So then I made a whole butt load of it.
I added equal parts of each ingredient (but not so much of the salt) to a glass jar by 1/4 cups.
This took about 3/4 cup of each spice.
If you make a big batch of this, just use 1/4 – 1/3 cup of seasoning mix per 1 lb of ground meat.
Super easy, cheaper than the packets, and a really easy way to make something that may be on your regular dinner menu a little bit healthier without spending any more time or money on it!
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