About 7 or 8 years ago I found a recipe for taco seasoning mix in a book of master mixes I used to have. I had always used the prepackaged envelopes of taco seasoning, but decided to try my hand at making my own. I have never turned back. Sure it takes a little longer to measure everything out, but for those who love to cook and really appreciate that fresher taste, this is the way to go. Below is the recipe I use for taco seasoning, as well as my own recipe for salsa. Now because I cook for 6 (7 when my father in law is here) I double the recipe below. This recipe will feed 3-4.
Layer taco meat, cheese, lettuce and salsa into hard or soft taco shells, or you can pile everything on top of tortilla chips like I do :)
- 2 tsp instant minced onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp crushed red peppers
- ½ tsp instant minced garlic
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- Mix everything together and store in a plastic zipper bag.
- 2 tomatoes (not too ripe, still a little firm), chopped
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 bunch of fresh cilanto, stems removed and chopped
- 1-2 serrano peppers (the more you put in the hotter it is! If you can't get serrano peppers, any other hot pepper will do)
- 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- season to taste with garlic salt and freshly ground pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional, or can replace serrano peppers)
- Just dump everything in a bowl and mix it up! I let mine sit for an hour or so to mingle the flavors. This will also keep in the fridge for about a day, but not much longer.