Mexican Essentials: Spicy Seasoning Mix

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

I have several Mexican spice mixes posted, but this one is a bit different. Most taco spices are heavy on things like chili powder, and tomato spices, this one is not. It is designed to enhance the flavors of the beef, not cover them up. Once you make the beef mixture, you can use it in tacos, burritos, or whatever you fancy. The images are of what I call, my Taco Melts (the recipe is at the bottom). So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top


  •   1 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  •   1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions, crushed
  •   1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  •   2 tsp
    beef bouillon powder
  •   1 tsp
    garlic salt
  •   1 tsp
    ground cumin
  •   1 tsp
    hungarian paprika
  •   1 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  •   1/2 tsp
    onion salt
  •   1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  •   1/4 tsp
    sugar, granulated variety
  •   1 lb
    ground beef, lean variety
  •   1/3 c
    beef stock, or water

How To Make

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    You will need a skillet, large enough to hold all of the ingredients.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Add all of the ingredients to a non-reactive container until ready to use.
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    Add the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the spice mix over the beef and stir to combine. Then, add the beef stock, or water, bring up to a simmer, and allow it to cook down until the sauce thickens, about 12 – 15 minutes.
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    You could make Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Gorditas, Quesadillas… go for it. Enjoy.
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    I am making what I call Taco Melts: 1 taco shell 1 tablespoon sour cream, spread on the bottom 1 tablespoon salsa, your choice 3 tablespoons meat mixture 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, freshly grated Place into an oven preheated to 350f (175c) for a minute or so, until the cheese is nice and melty.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.