Nagle's Homemade Taco SeasoningChris Nagle
As you may or may not know, I love cooking. There is something very special cooking for people you love and watching their face when you have cooked something really good. I do enjoy that. When my wife was pregnant with our daughter Emily, two of our friends, Roxann and Tracy. They really helped us out shopping and preparing for our first. So, I cooked a really nice meal as a thank you and from there it kind of grew into a semi regular get together where upon each one would get to choose what I would cook for the next dinner. We did beef wellington, chicken croquettes, and a couple of other meals. It was Tracy's turn next. By this time we found out Tracy had cancer again. She had a few bouts with cancer and it would go into remission and then...well...sadly this time the cancer won. But, before it did she did get her meal. She wanted tacos. I looked at my wife, Shannon, dead in the eyes and said,“F@#% no! Tracy ain't just getting tacos!!! I'm going to learn howto make everything from scratch!!!” So, off I set. I grabbed three different types of aged cheeses, talked to my butcher because not any old hamburger would do, and started reading up on homemade taco seasonings as well as learning to make my own tortillas. Alas, I never did get to the tortillas as I need a press to make them and such, but I did get a pack of uncooked corn tortillas and just fried them up myself and season them.
But I did make my own seasoning that I am going to share with you now. Obviously you can make it more spicy or less by cutting down or increasing on certain ingredients but I find this blend is a good neutral middle of the road to all.
I do hope you enjoy and be looking for more recipes and places to go and check out some good food as well.
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼teaspoon garlic powder
¼teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼teaspoon oregano (I just used the dried stuff)
1 ½teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
I should add that I use the whole blend on 1 pound ground chuck.