Tag: taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Never buy another package of taco seasoning with this spicy taco seasoning in your pantry. This is SO MUCH BETTER. Now you can have a tasty tacos in about 15 minutes.

I love my usual taco recipe (and my wife told me not to change it) but it takes 25 minutes and I get out a lot of spices. It is time to simplify my life. The second issue I have ( the real one to me) is that a lot of recipes I want to try call for a package of taco seasoning. I refused to do that and substituting would mean adding 7 or 8 more ingredients. This is much better. 

As a pediatrician, I’m always look at ingredients on everything. Taco seasoning mix always puzzled me. Whoever though of putting most of that junk in there must be a genius since I had no idea that wheat, flour and maltodextrin were needed. And the salt… so much salt. And I though it was suppose to be spices. Silly silly me.

Rating

Tasty like my other taco meat.

Make extra and store in a air tight container for the next time

Notes: there are hundred of recipes for taco seasoning out there. I didn’t bother since I knew what I wanted.
By making your own, you get to control everything.  I want to always use fresh onion so I did not put the onion powder in. I find the garlic a bit of a pain at times so the garlic powder is in. This is 3/10 spicy. Adjust the cumin and cayenne accordingly. You are the boss.

 Lots of good things plus an air tight container.

Combine 1/2 cup chile powder, 1 tsp each of oregano, Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp each of cayenne pepper, black pepper and 2 tsp cumin. Options are 1 tsp each of granular garlic powder and onion powder. Add these if you are not adding onion or garlic during your cooking. I always do fresh onion so I omitted the onion powder.

 Seal in a air tight container. It should be good for months.

To make taco meat. If you did not add the garlic and onion to the mix. Start with one small onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic and dice the onion and crush the garlic.

Over medium high heat add 1 t oil to a nonstick pan. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until clearing. If adding fresh garlic, put it in now and “bloom” for 30 seconds.

Add 1 pound of ground beef and continue over medium high heat, breaking the meat apart and cook until browned. About 4-5 minutes.

 Drain the fat.

 Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. I usually will add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce or salsa here. Simmer for a few minutes until liquid is reduced.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
by April-20-2013

Never buy another package of taco seasoning with this spicy taco seasoning in your pantry. This is SO MUCH BETTER. Now you can have a tasty tacos in about 15 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 t Garlic powder- granulated preferred- optional
  • 2 t onion powder-optional
  • 4 T cumin
  • 2 t oregano
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 1 t black pepper
Instructions
1) Combine ingredients in medium bowl. Omit the garlic powder and/or onion powder if adding them fresh.2) The heat on this is 3/10. Adjust cumin and cayenne for taste. See post to vary amounts.3) To make taco meat. If you did not add the garlic and/or onion to the mix. Start with one small onion and/or 2-3 cloves of garlic and dice the onion and crush the garlic.4) Over medium high heat add 1 t oil to a nonstick pan. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until clearing. If adding fresh garlic, put it in now and “bloom” for 30 seconds.5) Add 1 pound of ground beef and continue over medium high heat, breaking the meat apart and cook until browned. About 4-5 minutes. Drain the fat.6) Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. I usually will add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce or salsa here. Simmer for a few minutes until liquid is reduced.
Make extra and store in a air tight container for the next time
Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 to 8 pounds taco meat

Updated

April 20 2013

Dan Mikesell

Book Tour Dates and Locations

I’m honored to be able to travel out and get to hug some more necks on this book tour!

Unfortunately, due to my accident we have had to cut back on the book tour dates in order to accommodate my current abilities. However, I will be traveling again in the spring and will announce those dates and cities as soon as they are available.

If you don’t see a city near you, I will be happy to send you a signed book plate to make your book an autographed copy – see bottom of this post for details. 

I will add more dates and television appearances to this page as they become available.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Times and exact locations will be added soon so check back!

September 15QVC appearance on In The Kitchen With David

October 22Book Debut! Book signing in Huntsville, Alabama at Jones Valley Barnes and Noble*

  • *Portion of proceeds from this event will go to support Manna House and my entire family (husband, kids, and parents!) will be at this event and happy to sign your books as well (the kids will sign until they get tired and then they’re off to get homework done).

October 24 – Better TV show appearance in NYC

November 5Birmingham, Alabama Books A Million

November 10Huntsville, Alabama Sam’s Club

November 14Columbia, South Carolina Books A Million

November 15Lexington, Kentucky Kroger

November 16 – Kentucky Book Festival Frankfort, Kentucky

November 19Nashville, Tennessee Kroger

November 21Dallas, Texas Barnes and Noble

November 22Houston, Texas Blue Willow Books

December 3Atlanta, Georgia Eagle Eye Bookstore

December 4New Orleans, Louisiana  Octavia Books

December 7Huntsville, Alabama Kroger

Don’t see a city near you on the book tour? No worries! I’ll be visiting more cities in the spring when I’m able to get around better.

In the meantime, if you’d like an autographed book plate custom designed to match the book, I’ll be happy to send you one! These have a peel away backing that allow you to stick it inside your book in order to make it an autographed copy.

All have been hand signed by me and will be sent out by my mother. 

For Bookplates: Please send a stamped, self addressed envelope to:

Christy Jordan
ATTN: Book Plates
P.O. Box 1075
Rogersville, AL 35652
*Please include a note on how many book plates you need, up to four per envelope.

If you’re planning on coming to one of these events please let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to be able to know your name and what city I’m going to get to meet you in.

Also, if you are planning on watching my television appearances, sending for book plates, or buying the book, I’d love to hear from you as well!

Related posts:

Mango Pineapple Salsa

Wonderfully tasty and a great compliment to spicy foods. Just a little slicing and dicing and your there. Great for a party and friends.
I have been on a Mexican spree recently and this has been the main side dish and it is just great. This is another repost since the first post was several years ago and is buried in the first year of the blog with only a few hundred visits. It deserves much much more.

Rating

An easy 5. My wife has been trying to live on it.

Note: If you don’t know how to cut a mango, you can not just jump in and do it. Here is one LINK but there are many others.
In the original recipe there is cilantro. You will see it in the ingredients but some of the pictures (the new ones) do not show it. We do not like cilantro in this house. Both my wife and I do not like the taste. I have left in in the ingredients but I don’t use it. I did leave the lemon out. It is just not needed.

Start by cleaning the pineapple and pepper. Chop half the pineapple and half the pepper into 1/4 inch pieces. 

Clean the jalapeno by cut off ends and de-seeding then chop fine. Chip half of a small red onion into 1/8 inch pieces.

Chop the cilantro if using.

Cut the mango and the roma tomato into 1/4 inch pieces.

Add all to mixing bowl and add the juice of one lime. Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour at least before serving.

Mango Pineapple Salsa
by DrDan at 101 Cooking for Two June-30-2013

Wonderfully tasty and a great compliment to spicy foods. Just a little slicing and dicing and your there. Great for a party and friends.
Ingredients
  • 1 mango chopped 1/4 inch and peeled
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple chopped 1/4 inch
  • 1/2 red pepper diced 1/4 inch
  • 1 Roma tomato chopped 1/4 inch
  • 1/2 small red onion chipped 1/8 inch
  • 1 jalapeno cored and seeded chopped very finely
  • 3 T chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 lime
Instructions
1) Start by cleaning the pineapple and pepper. Chop half the pineapple and half the pepper into 1/4 inch pieces. 2) Clean the jalapeno by cut off ends and de-seeding then chop fine. Chip half of a small red onion into 1/8 inch pieces.3) Chop the cilantro if using. 4) Cut the mango and the roma tomato into 1/4 inch pieces.5) Add all to mixing bowl and add the juice of one lime. Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour at least before serving.
Details

Prep time: 15 mins Total time: 15 mins Yield: 6 servings

Updated

June 30 2013

Dan Mikesell

Proudly powered by WordPress

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Click here to read more information about data collection for ads personalisation

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Read more about data collection for ads personalisation our in our Cookies Policy page

Close