Taco nights are probably the world’s simplest way to eat low carb. In fact, it is so easy and convenient that my family does it ALL THE TIME. Taco Tuesdays? Umm..try Taco Tuesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes Mondays!
I love Taco nights because they are so easy to prepare. You can make the meat ahead of time and put it in your crockpot to warm on a busy evening where you are running around with the kids. You can use ground beef or ground turkey (I like a 1/2 – 1/2 combo of both).
You can use low carb tortillas (I like Mission the best) or make your own hard shell cheese shells.
You can make quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas…
Okay you get the point, taco nights are the bomb. PERIOD.
BUT, stop right there, Taco night would not be taco night without Taco Seasoning. A huge rookie mistake that I made when I started this journey was buying packet taco seasoning, because its seasoning, it can’t have carbs, sugar, and other bad stuff in it right?
Have you ever read the back of a taco seasoning packet. Don’t, just don’t. It’s bad.
Taco Seasoning packets have so many un-necessary and bad ingredients in them: milk, sugar, corn starch, citric acid, maltodextrin, and even MSG. Yes MSG.
You don’t need MSG to make tacos.
But homemade taco seasoning removes all those un-necessary ingredients.
It’s so convenient to make your own taco seasoning, because you can make a huge batch and put it in a container to use time and time again.
I use it on chicken, steak, and of course ground beef and turkey. It’s so versatile and so good.
There are literally thousands of taco seasoning recipes out there. I’ve followed dozens, and then found a recipe I liked and tweaked it to my tastes. I experimented a few months, until I got it just right.
Until it was “Family Famous” as I like to say.
So here’s my “family famous” taco seasoning recipe. If seasoning can change your life, this one certainly will. You’ll never buy store bought seasoning packets again. I promise.
In a container combine the following:
4 tsp cumin
2 ½ tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground oregano
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (my family doesn’t like a lot of spice, but add more if you do)
Put the lid on your container and shake, shake, shake to combine. Then when you are ready to use it, use 2 tablespoons of the mix and ½ cup of water for every pound of meat you are making. So I usually make 2 pounds of meat for my family (1 pound hamburger, 1 pound turkey) and so I’m using 4 tablespoons and 1 cup of water to make my tacos.
Happy Taco night everyone!