Living in Egypt for a year, although trying at times, did raise the bar on a few of my meals. Prior to living in Egypt, when making tacos I would buy a package of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, brown some ground beef, mix it together and serve. This was a delicious, easy meal that I made often when during the work week. While living in Egypt I missed tacos and a taco seasoning package was not available for purchase. I had to come up with my own seasoning. With the help of the internet and a number of modifications, I now have my very own Taco Seasoning Mix.
Given the amount of salt in the prepackaged taco seasoning mixes and my high side of normal blood pressure levels, I would not even consider buying a taco seasoning mix again. I would highly recommend making the Taco Seasoning Mix yourself to allow you to control the amount of sodium in your diet.
The Taco Seasoning Mix is also great on chicken, sliced beef and ground turkey. If I use chicken or turkey I often add the zest and juice of half a lime.
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion (or ¼ cup finely chopped onion)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ¾ teaspoon dried minced garlic (or 2 cloves minced fresh garlic)
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 red, yellow or orange pepper, sliced thinly
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- ⅓ cup water
- Combine the first nine ingredients.**
- To prepare the tacos, in a skillet, brown beef; drain off the excess fat.
- Add pepper and mushrooms and saute for five minutes until the vegetables are soft.
- Add taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Serve on a soft tortilla with grated cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and fresh cilantro.