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Taco night is a big deal in our house. There's even a song to herald taco night that goes something like this: "Taco night! Taco night! Everybody ready for taco night?" Catchy, no? When I ask my older son what we should have for dinner I always have to add the phrase “other than tacos,” or we’d be eating them nightly.
If you like tacos and if you’re inclined to serve them on a semi-regular basis, then making a big batch of this homemade four-minute taco blend is going to make you feel like a superhero. It takes virtually no extra time, it lasts forever (well, essentially for as long as the individual spices would last, which is many months) and then you will be halfway there to taco night any day of the week.
You'll use just under four tablespoons of the mix per two pounds of ground meat. Multiply away and store the mixture in a plastic container or even a zipper top bag. (Label it, so you won’t wonder “what is this?” later in the month.) If you are doubling or tripling the seasoning mix, it’s a great recipe to grab as one of those math-teaching moments your school is always reminding you to find. How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? So then what is two teaspoons plus two teaspoons? And so on. The kids can also measure away and put the different toppings into small bowls.
Back to the tacos: Because I’m not a red meat eater, we usually go with ground turkey or chicken instead of beef, or if I’m feeling magnanimous, I might make one batch with a pound of beef, and make the rest turkey. You choose, and if you opt for beef, drain it well. If you choose turkey, get the juicier 93/7 percent or the 85/15 percent ratio.
This is the kind of dinner that puts everyone in a good mood: the kids, the grown-ups and (perhaps most importantly) the cook. All you have to do after you throw together your taco seasoning blend is brown some ground meat, season it up, put out the toppings, warm up the taco shells, and you are done, done, done.
Everyone gets to pick his or her own toppings, therefore everyone is more likely to be happy with dinner. Remember this the next time you’re entertaining a crowd and wondering just how to please everyone.
Get the recipe for Katie Workman's Taco Night from The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket