As I began on my “clean eating” journey a year and a half ago, I realized that a lot of my kitchen staples were simply not going to fit into that plan. One of my favorite meals to make for my husband and I was tacos. You can make healthy versions of tacos like I do now, but my version then included 80% fat beef, refried beans, sour cream, full-fat cheese (and lots of it!) and it was prepared with a salty chemical-laden taco seasoning blend.
I honestly didn’t know any better, but check out some of the ingredients that were in the taco seasoning I used to purchase, and a note about what each of them really are:
Wheat – Why is there wheat in a seasoning mix?
Flour – same question as above
Maltodextrin – a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener of a filler
Salt – #3 on the label, which means a large portion of this seasoning is SALT, which is not surprising
Chili peppers – not bad
Monosodium Glutamate – commonly referred to as MSG, a food-additive and flavor enhancer that Mayo Clinic says could possibly cause headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure, numbness, fluttering heartbeats, chest pain, nausea and weakness
Silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent) – this ingredient is basically sand, which serves the purpose of absorbing atmospheric humidity that could cause clumping
YIKES! What the HECK was I feeding myself and my husband? And if you would like to know… this was specifically the Taco Bell brand, however I am sure most brands will have very similar ingredients.
Well, good news! I found a clean eating taco seasoning recipe that I am excited to share with you today. 🙂 It tastes exactly like the old taco seasoning I used to buy, but has ZERO harmful ingredients.
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
I usually just mix these together in a small, seal-able container and store it in my spice cabinet. I like to sprinkle it on ground turkey meat for tacos, but it can totally be used on anything you want to add a little “kick” to.