>> Thursday, October 7, 2010
When you make tacos, do you buy the little packets to taco seasoning at the grocery store? That's certainly what I did up until a few months ago. Buying the little packets of taco seasoning would always drive me bonkers. I would spend way too much time reading ingredients trying to find the packet with the least offensive ingredient list. Partially hydrogenated soybean oil, BHT, malic acid, monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin (the first ingredient in Old El Paso brand taco seasoning!) - what are these ingredients doing in powdered taco seasoning?!?
The obvious solution? Make my own! Now I have a little container full of homemade taco seasoning that sits at the ready. It's a simple mix of seasonings with just enough salt to suit our taste buds and a little cornstarch to help thicken the juices a bit. I might try adding just a little cocoa powder next time to give it an unexpected twist and a little depth.
This is great on any kind of taco, but we've found that our favorite way to use it is on chicken tacos. I finely dice cooked chicken breast (maybe a pound), and then add a tablespoon or two of taco seasoning and about 1/3 a cup of water. Bring to a boil, and you've got fantastic taco meat!
The next time you think of making tacos, don't reach for that packet of taco seasoning. Make your own! It will taste better, and you'll know exactly what is in it.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
4 TBSP chili powder
3 TBSP paprika
3 TBSP ground cumin
2 TBSP onion powder
1/2 TBSP garlic powder
2 tsp salt
2 TBSP cornstarch
Mix well and store in an airtight container. To use, add 1-2 TBSP along with 1/3-1/2 cup water in place of store bought taco seasoning.
And if you just can't bring yourself to make your own taco seasoning, consider using McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix, which has a very simple and straight forward ingredient list.