TACO SEASONING REVISITED

Taco Seasoning // Wit & Vinegar

I know what you’re thinking. What? Revisited? What’s the point? Wasn’t it already good the first time? Obviously not, we’re revisiting it.ย When I wrote the original taco seasoning post I wasn’t the best blogger and it wasn’t the best recipe. Sorry for being a whore liar. I’m all better now, I’m a total pretty woman.

This taco seasoning reminds me of what my childhood was made of. Straight up ground beef with a packet of McCormick taco seasoning. Add some tomatoes and lettuce on a fried tortilla and I was in heaven. This mix of spices has almost the same flavor with a little more richness to it, it’s more cost effective if you purchase it all in the bulk section, and the sodium level is way less. Way less sodium is sexy.

I would like to also note that this makes way better tacos than those lunchables did when I was in grade school. Am I the only one to have requested those for field trips? TACO MEAT IN A ย TUBE that you squirted out on weird bread thing then topped with thick shredded cheese. I just don’t even know what to say about that except stop it.

What I can say about this seasoning is that it’s good and can make a pound of turkey into a meal real fast (taco salad puhlease right now). If meat isn’t your thing try a pound of sliced crimini mushrooms for mushroom tacos. Everyone’s down with that. This stuff is like hamburger helper but nothing comes from a box and there’s not a creepy talking hand that’s gonna try to feel you up when you aren’t looking. I’ve seen the way it’s looked at those moms in the commercials.

Taco Seasoning

To make, brown meat or saute mushrooms, add a full small batch or 3T from the large batch with 1/3 c water. Continue to cook until combined and water has evaporated.

Also a reminder T=Tablespoon and t=teaspoon

small batch

1 T chili powder

1 t cumin

1 t smoked (or regular) paprika

1 t oregano (mexican if you can find it)

1 t granulated garlic

1 t granulated onion

1/2 t coriander

1/2 t kosher salt

large batch

1/4 c +2 T chili powder

2 T cumin

2 T paprika

2 T oregano

2 T granulated garlic

2 T granulated onion

1 T coriander

1 T kosher salt

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  • I’ll forgive your lies, like Kit forgives pretty woman for taking her client. Because tacos.

    • phew, I was worried about that.

  • Billy, can I just say that I love this photo! You photographed the hell out of this taco seasoning. I wish we could make food and style together. It’d be the bees kneeez. And yeah man, it’s cool to revisit. Sometimes it’s fun just to photograph something in a new way! And you’ve got mad skillz. Just sayin’.

    Oh yeah, and I need some seasoned tacos in my life. <3

    • Thanks Gurl! You’ve got mad skills and if we lived next to each other all we’d be doing was food making and styling 24/7!!

  • HAHAHA! That damn hamburger helper hand so freakin creepy. I’m def trying this.. My mama used to put that salty as hell McCormick taco seasoning on everything, like the flour batter for fried chicken. Called it taco fried chicken.

    • I actually want some of that taco fried chicken now.

  • Taco meat tube Lunchables = BEST FIELD TRIP LUNCH, EVER. Also the most disgusting, but no worse than the yogurt that comes out of a tube. Or really any food that comes out of a tube. Aaaaand moving on.

    This taco seasoning sounds like it could rip my face off in the best possible way. Yummah!

    • I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! Thanks Steph!

  • i could totally make a grilled cheese out of this. watch yo self.

  • why are those lunchables to desirable as a kid? Processed cheese never tasted so good.

    You are funny. I enjoy it.

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  • Aahhh! I never had the taco lunchable–although my mom did FINALLY let me get a pizza lunchable. Ketchup on soggy “crust” does not a pizza make. I ended up going back to my weird, gourmet lunches pretty fast.

    Your taco seasoning sounds wonderful! Totally laughed out loud several times while reading this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I went back to the pizza lunchables on more than one occasion ๐Ÿ™ I’ve learned my lesson though. NEVER AGAIN.

  • No apology necessary. Let’s just say your taste buds changed, so you rewrote the recipe.

    No need for name calling ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oh that Hamburger Hand totally creeps me out…he is up to no good! Thanks for the laughs!

  • BILLY! those McCormick packet tacos were my life as a kid…and my mom always fried our tortillas and they were amazeballs. I’m glad we’ve both graduated from the packet though, I need a stash of this seasoning in my pantry ASAP!

    • Yeah!! make it make it make it.

  • Gonna try this on my next Taco night… thanks!

  • TACOS! Is that font you used up there called “Taco Font” because it’s totally perfect for your taco post. Well done, as always. I had to ditch the taco packet long ago and this recipe looks similar to the one I use, but with a few tweaks. I must try! For the record, we all begged for Lunchables. It’s just a fact.

    • YES! TACOS! The font is actually the font Taco Bell uses for their breakfast menu. I’m a font nerd so I noticed that too easily and then got mad and yelled I used it first! p.s. it’s good to know that other people liked lunchables. half the things that were cool at my school never existed in the cool world at other schools.

  • At this point, any would-be Tuesday dinner that is NOT a taco will be completely, soulessly, depressing. Thanks so much. But really, thanks so much! Because I heard Tacos Tuesdays are the new Taco Tuesdays.

  • Okay, so I was directed here by Joy the Baker’s Taco post, and now i’m just like…TACOS. Now. This is my first foray onto your blog by the way, and it’s awesome. I shall return!

  • It sounds like everyone’s mom abused McCormick taco seasoning. Excited to make a stash of this. I think it would also be really tasty with black beans. Throw them in a pot, add some taco seasoning, warm it up, voila, veggie-friendly and not boring!

    • YES! I’ve used it when making a pot of pinto beans with a little more salt. Total goodness!

  • Would this be suitable for fajitas too? Planning on making some this weekend!

  • I think it would work! It won’t taste exactly like the usual fajitas but I bet it’ll be awesome!

  • Ah, lunchables!!! So many childhood memories there. I was a fan of the pizza over the tacos, though. When I ate them at home I would even microwave them. Haha! So, so bad. I can’t believe I actually enjoyed those. As for your taco seasoning…there’s this Mexican lasagna I used to make (that I haven’t made in forever) and I bet this seasoning would rock in it! The recipe only called for chili powder and cumin, but I could probably just sub this taco seasoning for both of those and it would only make it that much better, you think?

  • Reannon

    Just found you via Joy the Baker- love your stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Srsly, you crack me the fuck up. I can’t stop. And we won’t stop. We run things things don’t run we (wtf does that even mean?).

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