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    • Copycat Taco Bell Taco Seasoning

      Budget Meals-tacos.jpg Tired of Spending $1.25 or more on a single packet of Taco Seasoning Mix? Here's our very simple copycat recipe for your favorite Taco restaurant chain. Now you can make fabulous tacos at home for just pennies.

      2 tablespoons Instant flour (wondra works great!)
      2 teaspoons chili powder
      1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
      1 1/4 teaspoons salt
      1 teaspoon paprika
      3/4 teaspoon crushed beef bouillon cube
      1/4 teaspoon sugar
      1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
      dash onion powder

      Measure all ingredients into a small ziploc baggie, makes 1 pkg of mix. (For 1 batch of Tacos)

      To Use:

      Brown 1 lb of ground beef or turkey and then drain
      add 1 pkg mix
      1 can diced tomatoes, un-drained OR 3/4 c. Cold water - stirring well to mix

      Reduce heat, simmer 7-10 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

      Fill taco shells as you normally would and add your favorite taco toppings such as diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, black olives, hot sauce and more.
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      Comments 10 Comments
      1. Budgeteef's Avatar
        Budgeteef -
        This recipe is a Winner! We made these last night after seeing this here and they came out great. I didn't even have to add more chili powder and they really do taste like Taco bell.
      1. Moondragon007's Avatar
        Moondragon007 -
        Do you have a gluten-free version of this?
      1. Granny5's Avatar
        Granny5 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Moondragon007 View Post
        Do you have a gluten-free version of this?
        what do you normally use to thicken things? If you can use it, arrowroot is a thickener used often...don't know if it is gluten free but measure just like flour--or corn starch could be used if you can use that, again, measure just like flour.
      1. dmmcw8's Avatar
        dmmcw8 -
        You can use Guar Gum or Zantham Gum as a thickener instead of flour.
      1. dmmcw8's Avatar
        dmmcw8 -
        Sounds like the real thing.
      1. skidoodle's Avatar
        skidoodle -
        Bought some the other night @ my local wally world. Was looking right @ reduced salt and for some unknown reason picked up the full salt version. I fixed my tacos & as I began to eat, all I could taste was to much salt. Wished I had seen this recipe before then. Will use next time.
      1. adburge's Avatar
        adburge -
        Don't even bother with the thickener, I use everything except flour and add 1 TB of tomato paste, let it simmer on low heat for 20 minutes and it thickens up great. I do use 85/15 ground beef. But just a suggestion for excellent taco meat use a chili cut ground beef, it taste just like chopped steak.
      1. marion77's Avatar
        marion77 -
        This recipe sounds great,never thought about how much I spend each year on taco seasonings.Can't wait to try it.
      1. mechelle's Avatar
        mechelle -
        Have this simmering in the electric skillet as I am typing this. Though I almost messed up when mixing the spices, mistook cayenne for chili powder.... luckily for me, I noticed after only adding in the onion...wouldn't have been able to eat it. Though the rest of the family probably would have loved it. And the daughter says she likes it, that it tastes just like taco bell's and we eat a lot of taco bell.

      1. BoondockTina's Avatar
        BoondockTina -
        I made this the other day and it was fantastic. We were out of regular paprika and so we used smoked paprika and it had a really nice chipotle taste. I am getting ready to make a big batch and plan on splitting it down the middle, half with paprika and half with the smoked paprika.


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