Saturday, June 27, 2015

DIY Taco Seasoning (and Nachos!)

I realized about five years ago that I could make my own taco seasoning and I haven't looked back since!  Sure, it only cost a dollar to buy a packet of taco seasoning, but have you ever looked at the ingredients?  You probably have everything you need in your spice cabinet to recreate that spicy seasoning without all the yucky preservatives.

Plus a certain sense of pride comes with blending my own seasoning.  You can't buy that!

We typically use this recipe to make tacos (we also like this Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Taco recipe) but on this particular day we felt like making nachos - an awkwardly huge pile of chips, cheese, meat and some fresh veggies - and tucking in to watch Game of Rome!

Although not necessarily part of the seasoning, I like to toss red chili pepper into the mix if I'm feeling hot!

^^ Ground turkey, red pepper and olive oil, ready for the spices!

While the turkey cooked and soaked up all the flavors, I prepped the rest of the veggies for nachos, a perfectly ripe and creamy avocado, a juicy tomato and a crispy red onion.

Once the meat was cooked and drained, the layering commenced!

About 15 minutes later and melty, cheesy, savory, spicy nachos were ready for consumption.  I use a set of tongs to transfer a few healthy sized portions to our plates...

I like to serve nachos with a handful of more diced tomatoes, slices of avocado and hot salsa!

DIY Taco Seasoning


1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 c water
1 lb ground turkey


Combine the first six or seven ingredients in a ramekin and stir until combined.  Heat a nonstick skillet and add your oil and turkey, using a spatula to break up the meat.  Once the pan is hot and the meat starts to brown, sprinkle the spice mixture over the meat, add the water, and use your spatula to combine.  Cook, stirring and chopping occasionally, until the meat is cooked all the way through.

Suddenly you're a domestic goddess who can blend her own taco seasoning and make some seriously tasty taco meat for dinner!

Nachos, tacos or baked potatoes are all excellent vehicles to drive this meal into your boca :)


  1. Sounds delicious! It's always tastes so much better wen you make it your self. I love nacho's but I can't help feel a little naughty eating corn chips for dinner :) but it is also a great excuse too!

    1. This meal definitely hit the spot, Dani! I totally agree that homemade is healthier, almost always. Thanks for reading! - C


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