How to Make Healthy Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

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My kids love tacos. I mean they are seriously into them. And since quarantine they want them all the time. I suppose they are a comfort food so they are no longer just reserved for Taco Tuesdays. Previously I used the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning packet since it’s cheap and easy, but I’d never touch it. It leaves a greasy film on the meat I don’t care for. Before the quarantine I’d make tacos for the kids and have something else. But now that my husband is home every night and we are eating dinner together I decided to make my own copycat Old El Paso taco seasoning mix that’s just as good, if not better and healthier. The more I thought about it, the more I questioned if this seasoning mix in the packet was just all chemicals anyway.

Healthy Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Since I have perfected this perfect blend, I am finding I am even eating the taco meat. Then again I have swapped out the ground beef for ground turkey and since this seasoning is so good, nobody says a word.

What Spices Are In Old El Paso Taco Seasoning?

I found out the spices in Old El Paso Taco Seaoning Mix are Chili Pepper, Maltodextrin, Salt, Onion Powder, Spice, Corn Starch, Sea Salt (Potassium Magnesium Chloride, Salt). And it contains 2% or less of: Vegetable Oil (Canola, High Oleic Soybean and/or Sunflower Oil), Corn Flour, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Citric Acid, Sugar and Natural Flavor. I have no idea what some of these ingredients are so I would prefer to make my own.

How Do You Make Homemade Taco Mix?

It’s super easy to make a homemade taco seasoning mix, but it took some tinkering and after getting the family’s feedback (my younger son fancies himself a food critic) I have been told I nailed it! And there is no greasy film which I believe is a mix of the grease from the meat and the corn starch. This recipe has zero corn starch. In fact, you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboards.

I have a personal preference for ground turkey but feel free to use ground beef. It works just as well on either.

Healthy Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning and Tacos

Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning ingredients

Prep Time: 15 minutes  |  Cook Time: 10 Minutes  | Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (or garlic powder)

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Chipotle chili (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl stir together the tomato sauce and all the seasonings. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground meat. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon while cooking until it is browned and no longer pink.
  3. Drain any excess liquid from the skillet. Then return to the stove and reduce the heat to low.
  4. Add the contents from the mixing bowl to the skillet. Stir together until the meat is completely coated in sauce and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with taco shells, tortillas or use with any other recipe that calls for taco meat.

Tips: I make a plate with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onions and fresh cilantro. Then I also serve grated cheddar, sour cream and salsa so the kids can make their own soft and hard shell tacos. I don’t eat the shells and prefer to make myself a giant salad! And mix some light sour cream and the salsa to make a dressing.

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Tomato sauce and all the seasonings.

Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning mixed together

Mix tomato sauce and seasonings.

Taco Seasoning and groubd turkey in skillet

Add the sauce from the mixing bowl to the skillet.

Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning on greound meat

Taco seasoned meat ready to serve.

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Serve with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onions and fresh cilantro.

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Soft shell taco with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onions and fresh cilantro, grated cheddar, sour cream and salsa.

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My kids love these tacos!

Do you have any healthy copycat recipes you’d like to share?

Yield: 6

Healthy Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning And Tacos

Make healtier tacos wth my copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning and ground turkey meat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle chili (optional)

Instructions

    1. In a small mixing bowl stir together the tomato sauce and all the seasonings. Set aside.

    2. In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground meat. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon while cooking until it is browned and no longer pink.
    3. Drain any excess liquid from the skillet. Then return to the stove and reduce the heat to low.
    4. Add the contents from the mixing bowl to the skillet. Stir together until the meat is completely coated in sauce and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Serve with taco shells, tortillas or use with any other recipe that calls for taco meat.
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Notes

I make a plate with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onions and fresh cilantro. Then I also serve grated cheddar, sour cream and salsa so the kids can make their own soft and hard shell tacos. I don't eat the shells and prefer to make myself a giant salad! And mix some light sour cream and the salsa to make a dressing.

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