This is a 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
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 for our special mix is 5 ingredients:
- garlic powder
- 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 1 lb 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 minus all the other stuff.
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!
This taco seasoning tastes just like the stuff you buy in the packets and it's Whole30 approved. You can adjust the amount of salt and heat in it, making it a super adaptable recipe you can easily tailor to the likes of your family
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/8 - 1/2 tsp chili powder *optional -- adjust according to how much heat you want
- pinch red pepper flakes *optional -- adjust to taste
Combine all ingredients and add 3/4 - 1 1/4 c water to browned ground turkey, chicken, or beef.
Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
Use in tacos and taco salad or add to chili.
Store in air tight container in a cool place.