This mix is a healthier, tastier alternative to those packets from the grocery store. It can be used to season ground beef or turkey, and also used as a dry rub for fajita meat. Makes great meat fillings for tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and more.
1/2 cup chili powder
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 cup salt (reduce to 1/8 cup for low-sodium version)
Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well combined. Or, whisk together in bowl. Store in airtight container. (Adjust or omit cayenne for more or less heat.)
FOR TACO MEAT: Use 1/4 cup seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat. 1 pound of ground meat is enough for approx. 12 tacos. TO SEASON GROUND BEEF FOR TACOS: In large skillet, cook 1 pound meat over medium high heat until no longer pink. Drain off any fat. Add 1/4 cup seasoning mix and toss to coat the meat. Add 3/4 cup water, stir to combine. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer uncovered until mixture thickens, approx. 5-10 min. Add more salt to taste, if desired. Cover and keep warm on low until ready to serve. TO SEASON GROUND TURKEY OR CHICKEN: Follow same directions as for ground beef, except heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in skillet before adding meat. TO SEASON WHOLE CHICKEN BREASTS/THIGHS OR BEEF STEAKS FOR TACOS: Coat meat on all sides with seasoning mix. Grill, broil, or pan fry meat. Let meat rest for 15 minutes before thinly slicing or shredding, to retain moisture in the meat.