Pork Taco Seasoning Recipe
Sure, you can head to the supermarket to pick up one of those yellow packages of premade ‘taco mix’ – but since making your own is better cheaper, and hardly more difficult – why pay more for second best?! (and second best is a stretch, actually, cause’ homemade taco seasoning is miles tastier than anything you can buy premade).
Here’s a recipe for a very tasty taco seasoning that goes perfectly with ground pork and that can be whipped up in a couple of minutes, mixed with some ground pork and sautéed straight into a waiting taco shell – and since the taco seasoning recipe calls for stuff you’ve more than likely already got in your spice rack at home – it even saves you the trip to the store to buy that inferior ready made mix.
This recipe is based loosely on a chorizo sausage recipe from BBQ guru, Steven Raichlen, I find that with a few minor adjustments, this makes a perfect taco filling.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
Makes enough to fill tacos for about 4 people. The recipe can easily be multiplied as needed.
- 1 lb of ground pork
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 and ½ tsps of salt
- 1 tsp of oregano
- 1 and ¼ tsps of ground cumin
- 2 Tbls of red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper (If you’ve only got ground pepper, and aren’t going to freshly crack your own, I’d reduce this by about half)
- 1 Tbls of sweet paprika
- 1-2 Tbls of chili flakes (the heat of different chili flakes can vary pretty dramatically, as can individual preferences for heat – so you might want to start on the low end, and then taste when you do a test fry, adding more if wanted at that time.)
- Mix together the pork and all other ingredients.
- You can either just go ahead and fry this up for your tacos, or you can do a tset fry, and adjust seasonings if needed. To do a test fry, just grab a couple of Tbls of the meat mixture and sauté it in a little oil until done, and then taste. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Sautee it up in a heavy fry pan with a scant splash of oil and then spoon it into hard shell corn taco shells that you have at the ready.
*(note, while this is very good if used right away, mixing it up and then letting it come together in the fridge for an hour or so does improve the flavors.)
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