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  • Mary Kay

Homemade Taco Seasoning – You'll never go back to store bought

Finally, a Taco Seasoning that can be used in so many ways, without any salt. Use it on meat for tacos, nachos, chicken, pork, pizza, seafood and even focaccia bread. Sprinkle or rub it in for added depth of flavor.

It’s frustrating to find out that so many store bought taco seasonings have super high levels of sodium, which we normally do NOT need, especially when taco meats are added to high sodium chips, high sodium taco shells, etc. Even the low sodium seasoning packets are fairly high in sodium.

So, after trying so many types of taco seasonings over the years, I’ve developed a delicious SODIUM FREE taco seasoning that most everyone can use.

If you want sodium, go ahead and add the salt. If you want it spicier, add more spices and red pepper flakes. But I’ve found this taco seasoning to fit my tastes perfectly.

This taco seasoning can be used in so many ways to add zing in everyday food or for special events:

- Add this taco seasoning to your browned hamburger, knowing you’re not adding sodium to your daily input.

- Add this seasoning to the flour dredge before you fry up your chicken.

- Sprinkle it on your beef before you roast it.

- Give your pork a little zing before baking or frying it.

- Sauté it with shrimp.

- Stir it into some sour cream for a delicious low sodium dip.

- Sprinkle it on your tossed salad for more flavors.

This recipe will make about ½- ¾ cups of Taco Seasoning.

Gather up the Ingredients:

4 T Chili Powder

1/2 t Red Pepper flakes, ground or whole

4 t Garlic powder

4 t Onion powder

1 t Oregano, crushed

4 t Paprika, ground

4 t Cumin, ground

1 t Basil, ground

1 t Black Pepper, ground


Mix and cook with your Taco Seasoning:

- Mix all the seasonings in a bowl.

- Now you’re all set for cooking with your new Taco Seasoning!

Make your taco meat:

- I use one tablespoon of Taco Seasoning per pound of browned hamburger for taco meat.

First brown a pound of hamburger.

- With the burner heat on medium high, add a half cup of water.

- In a small bowl, stir 1 tablespoon of your Taco Seasoning mix together with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

- Sprinkle the Taco Seasoning and cornstarch mixture over the bubbling meat and water mixture. Let simmer on low for 2-3 minutes to thicken.

- When the mixture has thickened, enjoy your taco meat as tacos, on a taco salad or topping nachos to share.

Taco Seasoning Beefy Cheesy Dip:

- Make your Taco Seasoned hamburger as shown above.

- Shred and add some of your favorite cheeses - cheddars, mozzarella, smoked gouda, etc. along with some milk until it’s the thickness you like. (Some people like to pour in those canned cheesy mixtures, which I stay away from since they are so full of sodium. I don’t mean to make anyone feel guilty about using sodium, but I’m opposed to such over consumption of it.)

- Stir and heat it until it’s to your liking, adding more milk or cheese to make it thicker or thinner.

- Sprinkle more taco seasoning on tip if you want more zing.

- Serve with chunks of crusty breads or crackers.

Taco Seasoning on your Pizza:

- So many people love Taco Pizza, so why not add more flavor and shake some on when you make yours at home.

- Or, sprinkle some on that take out or delivery pizza.

Seasoned chicken with Taco Seasoning rub:

- Put some zing into your baked or fried chicken by using the Taco Seasoning as a dry rub. Simply rub the Taco Seasoning all over the raw chick and fry or bake as you normally would.

- Or, mix a tablespoon of the Taco Seasoning with ½ cup of flour in a plastic bag. Place 2-3 thighs or a chicken breast in the bag and work it together so all the chicken pieces are covered with the dry mixture. This will add a little more crispiness when you fry or bake your chicken.

Sauté shrimp or fish with Taco Seasoning:

Sauté your shrimp in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle the Taco Seasoning on top.

Adjust to your taste.

Add some heat to your pork chops:

- Use the Taco Seasoning as a dry rub on your pork chops.

- Fry your chops on the stovetop or in the oven or in the slow cooker as you normally would.

- Sprinkle more Taco Seasoning over the meat for more heat.

Use the Taco Seasoning to heat up your shredded beef:

- When making shredded beef for sandwiches or burritos, make your shredded beef as you normally would, using a tablespoon or two to rub your beef before it roasts in the oven or slow cooker.

- After the beef is cooked and shredded sprinkle more Taco Seasoning over it for even more heat.

- Enjoy your shredded beef on big buns, with Taco Seasoned-sour cream on the side.

Make your own Taco Seasoned Focaccia Bread or crusty bread:

- Mix up your own Focaccia bread, adding some of the Taco Seasoning for extra special zing. - Sprinkle more on top before you bake.

- Or, lightly sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over a plain store-bought Focaccia bread or a crusty bread loaf. Then sprinkle Taco Seasoning on top.

Make your own Taco Seasoning dipping oil:

- Mix Taco Seasoning with extra virgin olive oil to use as a dipping oil for a crusty bread.

Storage of your Taco Seasoning:

- Keep the mixture in a shaker bottle in a dark place away from sunlight, with cover for shaking onto food for extra zing.

- Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months in a dark place, out of sunlight. You might be able to keep it longer, but as time passes the spices can lose potency.

However you use it or whoever you share your Taco Seasoning with, “Bake your own Memories!”

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