4 Tbsp chili powder, preferably from ancho chiles.
4 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp curry powder
1 Tbsp ground coriander


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Use 1 Tbsp of seasoning mix or to taste per pound of ground beef. Add after meat is thoroughly browned.


I sometimes substitute thyme for the coriander. You can also add 2 Tbsp of garlic powder and omit garlic when preparing the ground beef.


To make ground beef taco filling, combine 1 pound of lean ground beef with 1 chopped medium onion in a skillet over moderately high heat. Add a minced clove of garlic after onion begins to soften. Saute until meat is thoroughly browned, stirring frequently and breaking up chunks of ground beef. Add 1 Tbsp taco seasoning, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

Can also be used with other meat fillings and in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. Note that many prepackaged seasonings also contain cornstarch as a thickening agent.