Spiced Ground Beef, Tex-Mex style

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Billdolfski

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I always feel guilty making new threads, cause I know it's been done before but I swear I used the search function!

Anyway... who doesn't occasionally like junk food tacos, burritos and enchiladas? Crazy people... that's who.

I'm looking for suggestions. So far I'm thinking the main flavorings are chile, cumin and oregano (I would assume Mexican). Anybody want to help me out?

:chef:
 

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Add garlic and onion powders and don't forget salt and pepper. cayenne if you like heat or red pepper flakes.
 

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Brown your meat about halfway done, then drain. Add spices to taste:
chili powdered, garlic, onion, more garlic ;), cumin, salt, pepper, seasoning salt,
bit of coriander, and some flour. (A big handful of well crushed corn chips is
an interesting alternative to the flour.)
Mix into the meat well, let brown for a while.
Add liquid of choice... beer, stock, water, tomato sauce... let simmer for a while.
Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
(Personally, I add Worchestershire and hot sauce to the mix when I add the
seasonings.)
 

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I use ground corriander seed(in the mortar) and I grind up a bit of dried chipotle pepper in my electric grinder. I like to cook these spices first with the garlic and onions in a bit of oil to get the kitchen all nice and smelly. Then I add the beef and salt. I don't normally add cayenne because I love to sprinkle everything liberally with chopped, fresh, seeded Jalapeno before I eat it. Occasionally I'll fire in a piece of raw bacon and cook that in with it and remove it before serving. It gives it additional flavor. Yay Bacon!!!!
 

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I always feel guilty making new threads, cause I know it's been done before but I swear I used the search function!

Anyway... who doesn't occasionally like junk food tacos, burritos and enchiladas? Crazy people... that's who.

I'm looking for suggestions. So far I'm thinking the main flavorings are chile, cumin and oregano (I would assume Mexican). Anybody want to help me out?

:chef:

Just curious, why do you refer to tacos, burritos and enchiladas as Junk Food?:ermm:
Especially with the signature line you have. "If you don't like chicken fried steak, then I don't like you."
 
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Taco seasoning ( you know those small pacages ) seems to work perfect for me. It has everything in it already and it is easy to fallow the direction of the recipe.
 

Zhizara

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Taco seasoning ( you know those small pacages ) seems to work perfect for me. It has everything in it already and it is easy to fallow the direction of the recipe.

Me too. I like that I can count on that particular taste. When I mix my own, it never comes out the same. I like the flavor of the cheapest packet, then add chili powder for chili.
 

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Me too. I like that I can count on that particular taste. When I mix my own, it never comes out the same. I like the flavor of the cheapest packet, then add chili powder for chili.

My DH mixes up his own. He worked out the recipe from the ingredient list on the packets and some experimentation. He has the recipe written out so it is the same every time. We can only get the packets in a "taco kit".
 

Billdolfski

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Just curious, why do you refer to tacos, burritos and enchiladas as Junk Food?:ermm:
Especially with the signature line you have. "If you don't like chicken fried steak, then I don't like you."

You don't see the correlation?
 

Zhizara

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My DH mixes up his own. He worked out the recipe from the ingredient list on the packets and some experimentation. He has the recipe written out so it is the same every time. We can only get the packets in a "taco kit".

The separate packets are sold where the gravy mixes are, usually near the canned or jarred gravies. Packets for spaghetti, chili, gravies and taco seasoning are all there.

Of course with hubby making his own mix you wouldn't need these, but just so you know, just in case.
 
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taxlady

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The separate packets are sold where the gravy mixes are, usually near the canned or jarred gravies. Packets for spaghetti, chili, gravies and taco seasoning are all there.

Of course with hubby making his own mix you wouldn't need these, but just so you know, just in case.

Thanks. I didn't think of that. I can't remember seeing those other packets either. I guess I theoretically knew they existed. They are probably with the spices.
 

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I can't have the seasoning packs cause they are too salty. I go with cumin, chile, cilantro and lime juice. I usually have fresh cilantro on hand and keep a bottle of lime juice.
 

taxlady

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The separate packets are sold where the gravy mixes are, usually near the canned or jarred gravies. Packets for spaghetti, chili, gravies and taco seasoning are all there.

Of course with hubby making his own mix you wouldn't need these, but just so you know, just in case.

I looked for them in the section with the packets for spaghetti sauce, etc. I don't remember seeing one for spaghetti, maybe I didn't notice. OMG who knew there were that many kinds of packets of seasoning, but no taco seasoning!

Then, when I was in the aisle with the Mexican food, I found them. I swear, they didn't used to have them there.
 
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