I'm no Rick Bayless but my taco seasoning kicks ass.
Most mexican nights I use the packaged taco seasoning for the kids tacos. You know...the one that makes you soooo thirsty after you are done eating them. Well last Tuesday I changed all of that like a Charlie's Angel when I decided to whip up my own seasoning...to be quite honest I realized that I was out of the pre-made stuff...Egads! and really had no choice but to go all types of "Rick Bayless" on that organic, grass-fed ground beef! As always, everything happens for a reason and this is what I came up with.
DIY taco seasoning
1 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1/4-1/2 t red pepper flakes
I mixed these spices up with my 1 lb. beef and 2/3 c of water and never looked back. It turned out much better than expected because it wasn't so strong as some of the packages can be. Using the 1/4 t of red pepper flakes was enough heat for my kids but you can always add more or spice it up with your favorite hot sauce.
Do you DIY taco seasoning or buy packaged?