Taco Beef for Tacos, Salads, and Nachos

Taco Meat used in a Taco Salad
Taco Beef used in a Taco Salad

So I was going totally nutty because I’ve not been eating much except rice, salad, steamed or roasted vegetables and broiled beef and pork during this whole food elimination torture thing. I’m not good at eating the same thing all the time. And I love spice. I wanted something different to eat. Something that had taste!  So I was dubbing around my Pinterest boards and realized that I could make homemade taco seasoning and leave out any onion powder (still waiting to challenge onions to see if I am truly allergic to them). I double checked my chili powder to make sure it didn’t have any onion and I went to town. I made up a large batch of it so I could use it again easily, and you’ll see me use it to make a quick salsa in a couple of weeks.

First, we have to make up the taco seasoning:

Taco Seasoning – Onion Free Version (for a version with onion, see a recipe here)

  • 1/4 cup and 1 Tablespoon of chili powder (I used Hot Chili Powder from Penzey’s, has no onion)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of  red pepper flakes
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1/8 cup and  1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1/8 cup of salt (less or more to your taste)
  • 1/8 cup of finely ground pepper

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and store in a glass jar.

Taco Seasoning saved in repurposed Earth Balance Mindful Mayo Jar
Taco Seasoning saved in re-purposed Earth Balance Mindful Mayo Jar

Taco Beef

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning

Brown one pound of ground beef in a skillet.  Drain off any excess fat.  Mix 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning and 1/2 cup of water into the ground beef until it’s well combined, and then simmer it over medium heat until there is little liquid left in the skillet.

Taco Meat simmering in skillet
Taco Meat simmering in skillet

You can now use your taco meat for tacos, nachos, or salads.  Enjoy!


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