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Old 09-16-2008, 02:41 PM   #11
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When I make tacos (&/or an impromptu chili sometimes), with all amounts "to taste", I add:

Dark Red Chili powder,
dried oregano,
granulated garlic,
dried onion flakes,
ground cumin,
ground coriander,
ground Cayenne pepper,
crushed hot red pepper flakes,
& a little Seasoned salt (never overdo the salt).

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Old 09-17-2008, 08:45 AM   #12
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Here's mine:

Allen’s Mexican Seasoning Mix
Yields: ~ 1 c

c chili powder
c cumin
c ground coriander
c granulated garlic
c onion powder
1/8 c oregano
1/8 c ground black pepper
1/8 c red pepper flakes
1 T salt

Blend together and store in an airtight container.

As previously mentioned, chipotle powder adds a nice kick. Try replacing half the chili powder with chipotle powder.

Use this mix "to taste" when making taco meat.

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Old 09-17-2008, 07:01 PM   #13
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I had to find a good recipe a while back, and so far, this one's my favorite, and I use it quite often:

Taco Seasoning

c. chili powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Mix well,

Once I cook and drain the ground beef, I add a small scoopful (like 2-3 Tbsp per pound). Just do it to taste. Then put in around 2/3 cup of water per pound of meat. Once it's hot, I add in around a tablespoon + of Wondra to thicken it up a bit. (better than flour or cornstarch, since it doesn't lump up.) Then, I add 1-2 small cans of chopped Ortega chiles, and let it simmer for a few minutes.

(1 lb. of browned-and-drained ground beef, this seasoning mix, plus a mixture of 2 tsp. of cornstarch and 2/3 cup of cold water. Then, simmer it on low until all of it is warm.)
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:51 PM   #14
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I was going to post my own spice blend, but I think everybody has it covered - buen provecho!
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:39 PM   #15
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Man...taco seasoning commin outta the woodwork! Ummmm.. the screen?
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:00 AM   #16
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Thanks for all of the responses. I can't wait to try these. I can't kick it up very much or I'll be the only one eating it.

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