Do you ever worry about preservatives? I go through phases where I'm like "damn, that is probably full of preservatives - I should make it from scratch and it'll be more healthy for me".
Like - how does some of those famous breads stay good so long? Erk. That's not right.
And those packaged taco seasoning mixes? Are they good for you or bad for you? But then I wonder if the spices in the spice aisle are okay.
It's a dark, deep, and long rabbit hole.
I do think that making things from scratch often offers a depth of flavor that just isn't there with pre-packaged things. I mean, I understand where convenience is a huge factor, but in my complete and honest opinion - throwing all of this stuff together to cook up doesn't take that much longer.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion.
Cook until softened and add in all the spices.
Don't forget the garlic!
Stir to coat the onions in the spice mixture. Then add in the beef.
Then cook until the beef is just cooked through. And add in the tomato sauce.
And the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is almost gone. It should thicken and reduce as you cook it. But watch as you don't want the meat to be completely dry.
Then put into your favorite shell and EAT!! As you can see from my very dirty plate - I was A. HUNGRY and B. not really caring about how fancy the pictures looked.
There are a couple of different versions of taco seasoning available at the grocery stores, but this one beats them all - hands down. It's well spiced, but not too much as often is the case. In addition, you can up or reduce the cayenne depending on your heat proclivities. Which is awesome.
Serve it in your vessel of choice with your favorite toppings (I'm a plain Jane cheese, sour cream, and lettuce girl).
I would definitely encourage you to double the recipe. Then you can freeze half - or in smaller batches, to whip out on a busy evening.
The only question that remains..... How many tacos can you eat?
I refuse to admit my taco count. It's high though.
PS - I used this taco meat to make homemade Crunchwrap Supremes (stay tuned for THAT) and they came out awesome. I made extra to have at work over the week and it was just as good on day one as on day 4. I absolutely recommend making a big batch to freeze! Tacos - ANYTIME.
Enjoy! - Heather