1 to 2tablespoonsblack pepperdepending on desired heat level
3tablespoonscornstarchOPTIONAL (see Notes below)
To Make Bulk Taco Seasoning:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flake (OR chipotle powder), salt, pepper, and cornstarch (if using) until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container for up to one year.
To Use the Taco Seasoning:
Brown one pound of ground beef (or ground turkey or shredded chicken, etc.). Drain any grease and sprinkle 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning over meat, or to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup water, bring to a simmer, and cook over low heat until the water has been absorbed.
The cornstarch in this recipe is optional. It causes the taco seasoning to really cling to the meat when the water is added and reduced down. Or, instead of 3 tablespoons cornstarch for this batch of taco seasoning, you could instead use 1/3 cup flour to achieve the same thickening effect. If you don't add cornstarch or flour to your taco seasoning, the step of adding and then cooking down the water is not necessary unless you just prefer doing so. I typically leave out any cornstarch or flour and keep my taco seasoning "plain."