I use taco seasoning on lean (97%) ground beef and chicken, but I recently found an old packet of El Paso Taco Seasoning when I was cleaning out the pantry and remembered the old days of buying things instead of home making them!
I know that homemaking things takes more time and that’s why I don’t homemake everything. And, there are certain things on my list of recipes I want to try to make myself like….nut butters [the ingredients on my Maranatha Peanut Butter are simply peanuts...how hard could it be?!] and BBQ sauce for starters.
I encourage you to think about ANYTHING you can make from scratch that will eliminate the dreaded preservatives and additives!!
I also encourage you to read the ingredients of EVERYTHING you eat!!! You’ll be amazed if you’ve never done this before!!
Two great general rule s[if you're in doubt] …
- if it has MORE THAN 5 ingredients, put it back!
- if you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce it, put it back!
Check out the ingredients on this El Paso Taco Seasoning…yuck!
Let’s dissect these ingredients: #1 ingredient is maltodextrin. um, what? the #1 ingredient isn’t a spice but an “additive”. Yuck. Let’s read on….. preservative = bad. partially hydrogenated = trans fat = bad. natural flavor = what is that? spice = which ones? sugar = why?
If you were able to read the nutrition facts, you’d see that there are 90 calories (multiply the 15 cal per serving by 6 in the whole packet) and 18 grams of carbs. Not that those are horrible numbers when you think about this one packet per pound of ground beef, BUT when you read my recipe I think you’ll see 0 calories and 0 carbs due to the ingredients simply being spices.
I just picked a recipe off the internet. I didn’t search for the best one. It’s spicy. Not sugary. It probably has more salt than necessary but I don’t get too crazy about salt that I add myself….just the sodium that is in our restaurant and packaged foods!
I doubled my recipe, used what I needed and then saved the extra for later.
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin (love cumin!)
- 1 tsp onion powder (used Onion Onion)
- 3/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Dash cayenne
- (I added red pepper)
Combine all ingredients.
Use instead of 1 package taco seasoning mix which is usually good for 1 lb of meat.
Add 1/4 cup water (approx) per pound of meat, after cooking and draining when you add the seasonings.
Recipe courtesy of cooks.com
What do you homemake that most people buy prepackaged?
Any crazy discoveries to share when you started reading ingredients?