Easy Taco Meat

I'm from New Mexico, so to say I like Mexican food is an understatement... I LOVE Mexican food, and aside from my family, it's the thing I miss most about living in the "Land of Enchantment" (you can take the girl out of NM, but you can't take the NM out of the girl). So naturally tacos are a fairly staple part of my diet, which means I rely on this easy ground beef (or turkey) recipe a lot. 

Unfortunately, many popular "taco seasoning" brands have MSG and other preservatives. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a flavor enhancer and is deemed generally safe to consume by the FDA when "eaten at customary levels". New research however is calling this into question. One recent study has shown it may contribute to obesity, while another highlights a potential reason people report headaches. 

Luckily it's easy to make your own taco seasoning and delicious meals. This recipe is super fast and I recommend prepping it often because you can throw together easy lunches or dinners with it. Pro tip for tacos... heat your shells or tortillas! Pop them into the oven @ 425 for 2-3 minutes, or crisp up the edges of your tortillas by heating them over a burner if you have a gas stove (just be careful not to burn yourself!) 

Time Allotment: 

2 minute prep | 5-8 minute cook time

Ingredient List: 

  • Lean ground beef (I use the leanest cut available)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne (optional)
  • Oregano or Parsley (optional)
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Directions: 

  1. Heat pan (I use a cast iron skillet and highly recommend, great added flavor and is easy to clean once it's been seasoned enough).
  2. Dump package of meat onto heated pan, and spread evenly through-out the pan with a spatula.
  3. Add a layer of each seasoning*. 
  4. Stir in seasoning and chop meat into smaller bits.
  5. Add additional seasoning as needed and cook until all pink has disappeared**.   

*You'll notice I did not give any measurements for the seasoning. That's because it's completely up to your tastes! The leaner cuts of meat have less flavor (because there is less fat), so don't be afraid to be generous with your spices. You can also add a little to start, cook the meat completely, taste it when it's done, and add more of whatever you feel is missing. 

**I typically add another layer of cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic. Don't be shy, your taste buds will thank you! 

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Buen provecho!