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Old 11-19-2007, 07:04 PM   #1
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Question Taco powder?

I've been reading the recipes for meat tacos and how to prepare the ground meat. Interestingly I did not see any taco powder in the preparation. Why is it? To me it kind of makes sense to use taco powder when you are making tacos. Am I wrong? Does anybody have recipe making Meat for taco and actually using taco powder?

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Old 11-19-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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Charlie, "taco powder" is probably a blend of spices that you can use instead of mixing your own "salt, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder", etc.

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Old 11-19-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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Really, huh, it has this very specific taste and smell, interesting.
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:34 PM   #4
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Charlie I have never encountered taco powder, and it only makes sense that it is an olio of flavorings.

Tacos often have cumin and oregano in the mix. But there are many other spices you can add.

All I can suggest is look at the label of your taco mix, maybe it will give you a clue. Or look at other recipes for tacos on the web and see what they add.

Good luck.
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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Do you need alot of tacos? Sam's club has a huge jar of Taco seasoning and it can make like 50 lbs of taco meat! Otherwise it's 1/4 cup per pound of meat and 2/3 c water. I think. I could go read my jar but it's over in the kitchen and past my getting out of my chair time.....
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:26 PM   #6
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Thanks neighbor, I will be getting one of those, and yes I am going to need a lot. About 150 peopple worse. So, you're saying there is an instruction on the jar? It's good then, just what I need. Please let me know for sure when you have a chance to check. No hurry, I am not going to cook tonight, that's for sure.
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:18 PM   #7
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Ah-ha Charlie, I just reached around and found a pouch of Old El Paso 40% Less Sodium Taco seasoning mix, and it encourages me to try it with Chicken as well. For 12 taco shells, 1 lb lean ground beef or chicken breast strips, 2/3 cup water and various "toppings".
1. Heat and crisp taco shells as directed on the package.
2. Brown meat, drain, stir in taco seasoning and water, cook and stir 2-4 minutes.
3. Make your tacos and eat :) (I kinda made that up.)

Net wt. 1.25 oz (35 grams) on the package. It contains a bunch of gross ingredients as expected - Maltodextrin, chili pepper, salt, onion powder, spice (?), monosodium glutamate, modified corn starch, garlic powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil with BHT added to protect flavor, silicon dioxide added as anti-caking agent. Ugg. But we eat it. I'll bet you can find an original Mexican taco seasoning recipe that is better - well I don't know, this is Americanized Mexican and what we have become used to. Have fun with your big feast!
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:21 PM   #8
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This is the mix I use for 1 pound of ground beef:

1 TBSP Chili powder
2 Tsp garlic powder
2 Tsp onion powder
1 tsp of EACH: Cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar
1/2 Tsp Seasoning Salt
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (more if you like it spicy)
1/2 Tsp Beef Boullion

I mix this with about 3/4 cup of beer, mix into the beef, and simmer
till it has boiled down to the consistency I like.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:20 AM   #9
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Packaged taco seasoning usually also has a thickener in it.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:55 AM   #10
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Alright Charlie, It's 4 am and I am sitting here with my jug 'o Taco seasoning. This is why I can't get out of my chair after 6 pm. I get up at 3am.

Anyway, I guess the whole jar makes 20 pounds of ground beef. It's only something ridiculous like $4 I think. It's Tone's and it's in the baking aisle with all the other spices and flour and stuff. I would guess about 1/4 lb hamburger per person, that gets the 5 of us (I count the 2 little kids as 1 serving) 2 tacos a piece when I cook a pound of meat.

Boy I hope this helps 'cuz I hate sounding like a know-it-all!
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