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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  1. says

    I have bookmarked this recipe. I, myself, have been trying to come up with the infamous “taco seasoning” that doesn’t rely on a packet but without much success. I cannot wait to try this one. Thank you…

  2. Carolyn says

    Thank you for the taco seasoning recipe. I do not like to use the store bought kind, as they give us indigestion. Will look forward to making tacos using this recipe to season the meat.

  3. says

    Same thing here. I have my taco seasoning and my chili seasoning recipes on my blog. :) Planning out your menu saves so much money. I don’t get real detailed like some do, I just pick the main dishes and make sure I either have the ingredients on hand or that they are on my shopping list. Such a time saver, especially avoiding the “what to cook tonight issue” :)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Panfried Chicken Breasts with Oregano Garlic Butter =-.

  4. Laura says

    Oh my gosh! I never thought of making my own taco seasoning – love it. It’s the ‘secret ingredient’ to my seven layer dip – mix it in the sour cream the night before. Yum!


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