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Menu Plan Monday (Recipe: Taco Seasoning)


As I’ve mentioned time and time again on my blog, I have not always been a cook. In fact, I used to detest cooking. My husband still refers to our early days together as “back when you couldn’t cook” (nice, isn’t he?).

As my ability to cook has evolved, I still have my old stand-by recipes that I turn to when I’m looking for something quick and easy for a weeknight meal. Stir-fry, some version of tacos and spaghetti are three things that you can normally find at least one of on my menu on any given week. The difference between now and “back when I couldn’t cook” is that instead of automatically reaching for a jar of spaghetti sauce, stir fry sauce or taco seasoning to make these various weekly menu staples, I have turned towards making my own. It may take additional time, but the extra little sense of pride I feel for knowing that I don’t have to rely on pre-packaged items and can whip up our family favorites with items I usually have in the pantry, makes me really happy!

Below my menu plan for the week, you’ll find my go-to Taco Seasoning Recipe. This recipe will usually season 3 pounds of ground beef or ground turkey. I often double the recipe and put the extra in a tightly sealed container and get it out when I need it. Once you realize how easy it is to make your own pantry staples, you won’t want to buy packets of spices or jars of sauces again!

Our Menu for the Week (For more information about Menu plan Monday and to  participate yourself or get other great menu ideas, visit I’m An Organizing Junkie):

Taco Seasoning Adapted from All Recipes

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (Do not substitute table salt!)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. When you make your taco meat, use approximately 2 Tbs of seasoning per each pound of ground beef.

I always brown my beef, add a little flour and water to the pan and stir in the seasoning. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Taco meat is ready once most of the liquid is absorbed.

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Comments

  1. This is a great idea as the commercial spice mixes are often full of sodium and MSG. I bought taco fixings today and am excited to try out this recipe, thanks!
    .-= Asha´s last blog ..Spanish reds … vino de crianza! =-.

  2. That’s the recipe I use too! Found not long ago. I make a big batch to have on hand for later.
    .-= Rachelle´s last blog ..Review: New York Style Risotto Chips‏ =-.

  3. So much better than the store bought packets!

  4. Hmmm, that crockpot roast beef sandwich night looks good to me. Maybe I’ll have to try that this week – thank goodness for the crockpot.
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats´s last blog ..Breakfast this morning. =-.

  5. Kristen-
    We do Italian Pot Roast sandwiches but with less ingredients.
    1 roast
    1 envelope italian salad dressing
    1 jar whole peppercinis
    1 onion sliced
    1 beer
    After cooking, remove meat, peppers, and onions. Shred meat, dice onions and peppers and return to crockpot. Serve on Hawaiian rolls.
    .-= Whitney´s last blog ..Visitors part 2 =-.

  6. I’m so glad you postedt his simple recipe. Making your own taco seasoning is such a great idea. I’m always blown away by the amount of sodium and MSG in those tiny packets of taco seasoning mix. Even the reduced-sodium version is loaded. BTW, your stir fry looks reatlly good too!

  7. Thanks for the taco seasoning recipe. I started, this year, to make seasonings and use them, as time goes on. It saves lots of time and I am consistent with a proven good spice mix.
    .-= Chaya´s last blog ..Cabbage, Carrot, Potato Muffins =-.

  8. How much onion powder?

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