Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Taco Seasoning

So when I was at Costco this weekend I got a wild hair and bought 3 pounds of organic ground beef. I never cook with ground beef, or really red meat in general, but bought it for two reasons. #1 - Costco makes me buy things I don't really need and #2 - I am in a major cooking rut and figured this would help me expand my culinary experiments. I love how Costco's meat comes in small portions that you can freeze - so now 2 pounds are in the freezer and I don't feel pressure to eat that much beef in one week. I also stocked up on organic chicken and salmon while I was there. If you haven't eaten Costco's salmon yet, you must try it - I swear it is the best grocery store salmon there is (with the exception of Whole Foods fresh caught salmon of course).

About this cooking rut - I guess I've been so busy lately that when I do have time to cook, I have just been throwing stuff together at the last minute and not going by a plan. I hate this because cooking is where I like to unwind at the end of the day, and really where I feel most creative. Lord knows I lack creativity in a lot of other arenas! I also feel like I've made every vegetarian dish and chicken dish in the book, so when I do have time to cook, I have had a hard time thinking of anything new and exciting.  Do you guys have cooking ruts? What do you do to get past them?

Anyway, I digress. After eating tacos at my friend Diana's house last week I've been craving them non stop, so decided to put that beef into action and make tacos last night. When I started pulling out the ingredients I realized I was lacking a lot of stuff - taco seasoning, salsa, and sour cream. Whoops. Luckily John stopped at CVS and grabbed some salsa, and with "spring break" right around the corner, I didn't mind skipping the sour cream. For the taco seasoning? I googled homemade taco seasoning and found a bunch of options. I ended up making this version and it was really good! Plus it lacked all of the sodium that the store bought packets I usually buy have. Taco seasoning packets are so easy I can't say that I'll never buy one again, but this is a nice alternative if you have the time and want to control exactly what goes into your food.

Taco Seasoning
Recipe Source: Allrecipes.com
Seasons 1 lb of meat

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well. Can store in an airtight container in your spice rack.


  1. I definitely get into cooking ruts too. Maybe you should buy a new cookbook if you feel like you've made everything in the ones that you already have. I am a big cookbook hoarder!

  2. Yummy! I will have to try this! Although I know it will be hard to tear Eric away from his beloved McCormick's taco seasoning! And yes, unfortunately, I am serious.

  3. homemade taco seasoning is sooo much better for you than the pre-packaged stuff. the packets are full of msg and sodium. yikes!

  4. This sounds great! I've been trying to break the family from packaged foods, so this will be perfect. Thanks :)


  5. This is fabulous, I used fresh garlic & onion & have lots of fresh Oregano in my garden if ever you need any!