Homemade Taco Seasoning

\n\nHave you ever taken a moment to look at the ingredients in that wonderful store bought taco seasoning that we all know and love? After looking you probably will wish you never did as what you saw cannot go unseen again.\n\nWell you would be surprised to find some very nasty ingredients... my first reaction was a little of confusion mixed with surprise.\n\nIf you don't have any on hand nor want to go to Google to find a picture of the back of a taco seasoning packet here are just a few of the bigger brands for you. Read at your own risk!\n\n

Store Bought Taco Seasonings Ingredients

\n\n**[Spoiler Alert]** What in the world is "Monosodium Glutamate", "Ethoxyolin", "Caramel Color (Sulfites)" and "Silicon Dioxide" even in this for? Color... why do I need to add color to my food? Let the ingredients speak for themselves. As a preservative you might say? This is a seasoning packet, I don't add preservatives to my garlic powder so why add it to my taco seasoning? That is because there is wheat and milk products in store bought taco seasoning. So if you happen to have a gluten or lactose sensitivity then you might want to think again about just grabbing this so easy to reach for ingredient for taco night. Making your own taco or fajita seasoning at home is easier than you think and best thing you probably already have all the ingredients you are going to need to make a killer taco or fajita (see below).\n\nToday, February 3rd, the USAToday wrote an article about how someone has linked the over consumption of "Added Sugars" to one of the largest contributors of increasing your risk of death from heart disease. Added sugar sneaks into our diets beyond just that which the article mentioned being "found in -- in regular soda, cakes, cookies and candy". Mass-produced products and their companies add sugar and "sugar products" into all types of food and products you wouldn't even think of looking for. These include taco seasoning (as well as other seasoning mixes), frozen / already prepared foods, juices, meat products (ham, bacon, prepared meats). The list goes on.\n\n### Paleo Taco Seasoning <a style="padding-left: 25px;" href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flifewiththemacks.com%2Ftaco-seasoning-variations%2F&media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.asweetpeachef.com%4Fwp-content%4Fuploads%4F2011%4F10%4Fhomemade-taco-seasoning-mix.png&description=Healthy%20Fajita%20and%20Taco%20Seasonings" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img style="display: inline" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_gray_20.png" />\n\nYields: 3-4 servings\nPrep Time: 15 minutes\n\n#### Ingredients\n1 Tsp Paprika\n1 Tsp Cumin\n1 Tsp Ground Red Pepper\n1 Tsp Garlic Powder\n1/2 Tsp Onion Powder\n1/2 Tsp Mexican Chili Powder\nSalt and Pepper (to taste)\n\n#### Method\n\n1. Mix all seasonings together in a bowl.\n\n2. Add to your choice of ground chicken, turkey, pork, or beef. \n\n


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Fajita Salad

\n\n### Paleo Fajita Seasoning <a style="padding-left: 25px;" href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flifewiththemacks.com%2Ftaco-seasoning-variations%2F&media=http%3A%2F%2Flifewiththemacks.com%4Fcontent%4Fimages%4F2014%4FJan%4Fmegsfrombeantown_on_Instagram_1-1.jpg&description=Paleo%20Fajita%20Seasoning" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside"><img style="display: inline" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_gray_20.png" />\n\nYields: 3-4 servings\nPrep Time: 15 minutes\n\n#### Ingredients\n1/3 cup Olive Oil\n1/4 cup Coconut Aminos\n1 jalapeño\n1 lime (peeled)\n6 cloves garlic (whole)\n1 Tsp Paprika\n1 Tsp Cumin\n1/2 Tsp Ground Red Pepper\ndash Oregano\nSalt and Pepper (to taste)\n\n#### Method\n\n1. Throw everything into your Vitamix and blend on either speed 4 or Puree setting (on 750 models) until well blended.\n\n2. Marinate chicken up to 4 hours, pork or beef overnight, or shrimp for an hour. Be careful not to over marinate your meats as this can produce an undesirable texture and taste. Citric acids can, if given time, cook your meats.\n\n3. (optional) Add sliced peppers and onions to the container used for marinating your meat before sautéing them to add this great tasting fajita seasoning.