As many in the area will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend, I thought it appropriate for me to share my “go to” taco seasoning mix recipe. I found this recipe shortly after I was married. I was tired of the salty packaged mixes found in the grocery store. Living in Chicago, we were used to visiting authentic Mexican restaurants like Lindo Mexico and El Jardin. I wanted to find a recipe that mimicked the flavor that I was tasting in the restaurant.
This recipe is adapted from an old cookbook that I use religiously. If you could see the stains on the pages of this cookbook, you would get a sense for its continuous use. I always triple the recipe and store the mixture in an old mason jar with a tight fitting lid. This way, I have plenty on hand when throwing together a quick meal. Use this seasoning for tacos, nachos, or for a tex-mex dip. Once you try this mix, you’ll never pay for the pricy,salty, packaged mixes again.
Favorite Taco Seasoning Mix
2 teaspoons instant minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried crushed pepper
1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, stir to combine.
Package in a ziplock plastic bag or in a recycled jar. Store airtight in a cool, dry place. Makes the equivalent to one seasoning packet.
To use : Brown 1 lb. lean ground beef in a skillet, drain well. Add taco mix seasoning and 8 oz. water to the ground beef. Heat gently to develop favors, stirring occasionally. Makes filling for 8-10 tacos. Top tacos with guacamole, shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream (optional).
Adapted from More House Recipes cookbook