There’s nothing more satisfying than using a homemade taco mix and thankfully it couldn’t be easier to create. This ground beef taco seasoning is definitely a keeper!
9/10 times if I’m having tacos, it’s gonna be ground beef. It’s all too tempting to pick up one of those DIY taco kits you find in the supermarkets for beef tacos, but I’m here today to offer my two cents on why homemade is the best way. Follow me.
It wasn’t too long ago that I uploaded my Homemade Fajita Mix, and it got me thinking how different a taco seasoning would be to create. Before we get into that, let’s firstly see what ingredients you’ll need for a homemade taco seasoning.
Ground Beef Taco Seasoning Ingredients
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Black Pepper
What is the difference between fajita and taco seasoning?
This article on the differences between fajita and taco seasoning sums things up perfectly. In essence, they’re both very similar, but fajita seasoning tends to be more acidic (to mimic the taste of lime) and taco seasoning tends to have more of a tomato flavour.
The differences I have made between the two is firstly to add slightly more onion powder in the taco seasoning. This is because I’ll almost always add fried onions to my fajitas and quesadillas, but rarely add them to my ground beef for tacos.
Secondly I add a little sugar, just to make a sweeter distinction from the fajita seasoning, which like I said tends to be more acidic.
Lastly, I add a little cornstarch/cornflour to my ground beef taco seasoning. I don’t know about you, but for me there’s nothing worse than dry beef taco meat. As such, adding a little liquid and a bit of cornstarch will create a glossy gravy, which’ll coat the beef and keep it saucy.
How to use Taco Seasoning with Ground Beef
- Brown off the mince and add seasoning.
- Fry tomato puree for a minute or so.
- Pour in beef stock or water.
- Add cornstarch and simmer to thicken.
And that’s it! Simple right?
Taco Seasoning with Cornstarch
If I’m adding cornstarch I’ll pour in about 3/4 cup of liquid to 1/2 tsp cornstarch.
You can actually use the seasoning without cornstarch, in which case I’d just use your liquid as needed. Around 1/4 cup should stop the beef from drying out.
What to use Taco Seasoning for besides tacos
- Potato Wedges
- Roasted Veg
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How to make Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef (Full Recipe & Video)
Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef
Ingredients (check list):
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Cornflour/Cornstarch (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Combine and store in an airtight jar until needed. This should produce ~3 tbsp of seasoning which I use for 1lb/500g of ground beef.
Quick 1 min demo!
Why not add some Homemade Tortilla Chips to your Taco Tuesday?