Really, this isn’t a food blog. But ever since I was pregnant with #2 I’ve had to really watch my sodium intake because of high blood pressure. When I dramatically decreased the amount of table salt I was using, my blood pressure dropped enough to safely eliminate my BP medication.
One of the ways I did that was to stop buying prepackaged foods – soups, seasoned noodles and rice, etc. But I kept on using the packages of taco seasoning because I just couldn’t find a recipe that tasted like the store-bought kind.
When I went gluten-free a few years ago, I didn’t even THINK to look at the ingredients of those packages of taco seasoning. Why would there be FLOUR in taco seasoning?! Well, surprisingly, many store-bought taco seasonings are not gluten-free. I found out the
stuck in the bathroom hard way.
So I started looking for homemade taco seasoning recipes again. And finally found one a couple years ago on Allrecipes.com that is almost identical to store-bought ones. Except I think it’s better.
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Add to 1 pound ground meat (beef or turkey) with 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil and simmer until thick (about 5 min).
The best part of making this seasoning is that you can alter the amounts of any of the ingredients. I always drop the salt to 1/2 tsp and I can’t tell the difference. I also sometimes add more cumin because I LOVE it. If you don’t like it too spicy, decrease the heat spices. (This is medium heat as-is.)