Easy Spice Mix For Tacos

I always joke around to my family and friends saying I could totally be from the south because I could eat spicy southwest food any day or time of the year. Taco’s are traditionally a southwest meal and I have prepared them in many different ways. I have used cheap hamburger, healthy ground turkey and ground sirloin. No matter what meat I decide to use they tacos always taste better when I use my own season recipe as apposed to the season packages you can buy at your local grocery store.   After trying this favorite recipe of mine you will always mix up your own for every taco dinner nite!

Taco meat recipe using your own spices takes longer to prepare compared to the packages you will buy in the store but the finished product will have less sodium and flavor that is well worth the wait.   Please allow 1 hour to prepare this recipe.

Taco Season Recipe


1 pound ground beef
dash Salt
1/2 tablespoon Chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of Paprika
1 tablespoon Cumin
2 cloves of minced garlic
Bell pepper – chopped
Onion – chopped


  1. Fry ground beef in 2 quart sauce pan add dash of  salt, chili power, chopped garlic cloves, cumin, paprika. Enough water to cover meat.
  2. Bring to a boil. Simmer over medium low heat about an hour.  Check in about 15 minutes and be sure the meat is mashed up so it doesn’t cook in lumps.
  3. Let the mix cook down but do not let it go dry.
  4. Add 1/2 medium chopped onion, 1/2 medium chopped bell pepper, continue cooking 20 or 30 more minutes

The garlic, onion and green peppers I used in tonight’s Taco meal were the last from my garden that I picked fresh before sunset as the cold from #hurricaneSandy pushed into Ohio.


Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post if you use this recipe and tell me what you think!