*Note: This recipe is a repeat of one previously published on this site. I am using a new recipe plugin to present recipes in a print-friendly format, and am re-publishing old recipes to make this feature available.
This “make your own” version of taco seasoning takes just a few minutes of mixing and measuring some everyday spices that are probably already in your cupboard. It’s tastier than what you’d find in a packet, and one recipe will make quite a few tacos (and it makes a great seasoning base for many other recipes).
Combine all spices in an airtight plastic storage container (if you have an empty used spice bottle, that would work great). Seal your container and shake until everything is well-blended.
Add one to two tablespoons of seasoning blend, depending on your taste preference, to one pound of cooked ground beef and 1/2 cup water and simmer until thickened. This mix makes up to 10 pounds of taco meat, and you can easily scale the recipe up or down, depending on how frequently you make tacos. This makes a fairly mild seasoning mix, so if you like some extra kick, turn the dial up a bit on the cayenne pepper.
Cornstarch is listed as optional because it provides thickening to the taco sauce. If you plan to use this seasoning for other recipes that don't require thickening, you may prefer to leave it out and simply stir in a bit of cornstarch when you are using it specifically for tacos.