Convenience Mix #7: Convenience Taco Seasoning Mix
Part of the Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes Series
Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension Nutrition Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Revised and updated by Kate Yerxa, Statewide Nutrition Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar, and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix.
A complete index of convenience mix recipes can be found on the Bulletin #4029, Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes page.
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Index to Recipes
Convenience Taco Seasoning Mix
1/3 cup instant minced onion
1 tablespoon crushed dried red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant minced garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons oregano
Combine all ingredients. Store in a jar and cover tightly. Measure out 2 tablespoons for each serving. (Option: store in packets.)
1 lb lean hamburger
1 serving Convenience Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
10 taco shells
10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup shredded lettuce
Brown hamburger in skillet. Drain excess fat. Add Taco Mix and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Stir. Place about 2 tablespoons of meat mixture into each taco shell. Top the meat with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, and finely shredded lettuce.
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