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Taco Night Traditions, Plus Homemade Taco Seasoning


I love taco night! It’s a meal and a tradition that many families partake in.

Taco night is a fast and easy throw together meal and a great way to use up leftover meat and veggies. It is a meal that is all inclusive just like a casserole–except without the long bake time. You have your meat, veggies, and carb all in one! It’s very easy to make this a healthy meal. Plus each person can easily customize their own plate of food with their own favorite toppings.

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Make it fun! Make it a tradition!

Tacos are great for any day of the week but if you have to pick just one night- make it a Tuesday. Don’t ask why… I don’t know.

Make it a taco bar! Put out all the toppings and ingredients and let each person build their own meal.

Eat your tacos on fun Fiestaware, each family member can claim their own bold color! Eat your salsa out of a salsa bowl, just like a restaurant.

Keep the mess down by using a taco holder and keeping all those yummy toppings where they belong!

Have dessert nachos after supper!

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Just because it is Taco Night doesn’t mean you have to have tacos!

Seriously, this is the most versatile supper ever! Don’t want tacos, go for burritos, nachos, fajitas, or taco salad!

The combinations are really endless when it comes to toppings.

Obviously, you know what you like on your tacos/burritos/nachos. But sometimes we get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing. I have tried to compile a huge list of everything I could think of that you could put on a taco just to help you come up with your own “taco bar” night and spice things up (no pun intended).

  • rice
  • sauteed onions, bell peppers, and/or garlic
  • tomatoes
  • jalapenos
  • lettuce/spinach (check out these sneaky ways to add more spinach to your diet)
  • cheeses
  • beans
  • sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • taco sauce or hot sauce
  • fresh cilantro
  • green onions
  • mango chunks
  • avocado chunks or guacamole
  • red onion
  • olives
  • corn
  • pico de gallo (combine tomatoes, cilantro, and red onion–best if made the day before)
  • refried beans
  • freshly squeezed lime juice

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Meat

You can easily omit the meat entirely if you are vegetarian. Add the taco seasoning to your veggies and rice instead of the meat. Or use whatever leftover meat you have in your fridge.

  • chicken
  • ground beef
  • ground turkey
  • shrimp
  • tilapia
  • lamb
  • steak
  • pulled pork

Making a homemade taco seasoning so super simple. If you do a lot of cooking you probably already have all the ingredients in your spice cabinet. I started making homemade taco seasoning when I couldn’t find a gluten-free mix in the grocery store. A homemade taco seasoning mix is naturally gluten free and healthier because it doesn’t have all the added junk (like gluten) you know it contains just pure seasoning and nothing else.

The most important part of the homemade taco seasoning is the cumin and chili powder. If you are missing any other ingredient, go ahead and make this and it will turn out great!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning:

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Add to cooked meat of choice.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 minPrep Time

1 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Add to cooked meat of choice.
  3. Store in an air tight container.
Cuisine: Mexican |

Notes

Add more or less of each ingredient to taste. Naturally gluten free but check spice containers and brand to make sure.

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What’s your favorite way to eat tacos?

Anna

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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

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