Tacos are a favorite weeknight meal in our home. It’s a meal that everyone is happy about- even my 2- year-old. In my early years of cooking, I always bought a package of taco seasoning to season the meat for tacos. But for years now I just make my own. In fact, I think this was one of the first items I quit buying and replaced with homemade. I don’t remember the last time I bought a packet.
It’s so easy and fast. It’s healthier.(Many packaged seasonings contain MSG and other chemicals and preservatives. See ingredients here.) And it is less expensive than buying a packaged seasoning mix every time. Try it out!
*The amounts of the spices could be less or more depending on your family’s tastes. But this is a good place to start.
- 1 – 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 3/4 c. water (if you prefer the meat to be “saucier”, increase to 1 cup)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
Brown the ground beef. Drain. Return to the pan and add the water and seasonings. Stir.
Allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes-Most of the water will be absorbed.
Serve with your other taco toppings.