Homemade Taco Seasoning

There’s a reason it’s called Taco Tuesday.  And you can’t have tacos without a good taco seasoning, right?

Today has been a day!  Monday was calm and quiet.  No voicemails at work, very few emails, no one getting mad at me, I was able to finish a painting I started a while ago….it was a good day.

Tiger!!!!
My tiger painting I was finally able to finish!!!!

Today has been totally the opposite.  Work was crazy, so many voicemails and emails!  I came home for lunch and discovered our ceiling in our kitchen is leaking and dripping onto my kitchen floor!!!!  I think our AC line broke, but the repairman can’t come until tomorrow.  Luckily, it’s fall and it’s cool enough to open all of the windows.  I get home and Jacob suggested a bike ride.  I thought “this will be the perfect way to end my day!  A nice bike ride, tacos for dinner then watch a couple more episodes of House of Cards!”  Boy, was I wrong.  We rode a new path through the neighborhood to a park by the lake.  It was supposed to be around a 10-mile ride.  Eight miles into it, I got a flat!  I told Jacob to ride the last 2 miles home, I would begin walking my bike and he could just pick me up in my SUV.  Luckily for me, there are so wonderful people in this world.  A nice gentleman named Eric was kind enough to stop and ask if I needed help; he then said he had a spare tube and a pump at home and would be right back.  Sure enough, a few minutes later, he drove up and proceeded to change my tire for me!  Turns out he works at a local cycling shop.  As Eric is changing my tire, Jacob drove up in our 1955 Bel Air.  I think Eric was pleased he got to talk cars and admire the Bel Air.  He told me to pass the kindness forward and I certainly intend to do so!

1955 Bel Air
1955 Bel Air

Anyways, the point of this story is that I was fully intending to write about an amazing breakfast meal I make, but now I am writing about taco seasoning.  It’s far later than I’d planned, and now I’m way too grimy from riding and walking to hold off on a shower much longer!  So next time, look forward to my protein muffin recipe!

As for my taco seasoning…I have a friend who is a trained chef and he taught me how to make my own taco seasoning.  I like things spicy, so this is definitely spicy!  You can spice it down by not adding as my cayenne or chipotle chili powder.  And if you don’t have chipotle chili powder, don’t fret.  It’s not absolutely necessary.  Chipotles are smoked jalapenos, so the chipotle chili powder adds a nice smoky spice flavor.  It’s really lovely.

Taco Seasoning

(Makes a whole container, but you can use about 2-3 tablespoons of it per pound of meat.  Works on ground beef, ground turkey, ground venison, and ground chicken)

6 Tablespoons Chili Powder
6 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
6 Tablespoons Paprika
3 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
3 Tablespoons Chipotle Chili Powder
3 Tablespoons Cumin
3 Tablespoons Onion Powder
2-3 Tablespoons Salt

Brown your meat, add about 1/2 C of water, and about 2-3 Tablespoons of the seasoning per pound of meat and you’re good to go!  Grab some of your favorite toppings.  Mine are avocado, queso fresco, and sour cream (the sour cream definitely helps the spicy heat).

Ground beef, queso fresco, and avocado tacos
Ground beef, queso fresco, and avocado tacos

Also, check out this new way to buy sour cream, saves spoons!

Totally awesome new sour cream we found!
Totally awesome new sour cream we found!

Cool, right?  So now you can make homemade taco seasoning.  If you need any substitutions, let me know!  I can definitely help.  I’ve experimented with a lot of different seasonings.

Go enjoy some tacos!

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