I have a confession. Up until recently, I was a taco spice packet user. I tried to make my own spice mixture, but it was just never as pungent as the kind from the yellow packet. After taking a gander at the nutritional information, and the whopping amount of sodium (I’m a salt lover folks, but come on. How do they pack that much sodium into that tiny little package? The world may never know) I decided it was time to ditch the packet for good!

As far as taco shell selection goes, we like to fry our own corn tortillas in this house. Every once in a while I get a hankering for a boxed shell that you just warm up in the oven.  But, there is definitely something to be said for the pan-fried corn tortillas. They aren’t soft, yet they aren’t completely crispy either. I find that the outer portion of the shell gets nice and crispy, while the center stays soft and pliable.

I’m sure this recipe would be just as wonderful with ground turkey or chicken as well.


  1. Posted July 31, 2009 at 1:48 AM | Permalink

    These look great! I made a taco spice blend that turned out very good. I got it off of recipezaar, I think.

  2. Posted July 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    Mmmmm. These look delicious! I have heard you can fry a corn tortilla to make shells. I haven’t been brave enough to attempt it yet though.

  3. Posted July 31, 2009 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

    Theses look wonderful. We love tacos in our house.

  4. Posted July 31, 2009 at 3:23 PM | Permalink

    Love tacos! In fact, I prefer the hard shell. Like you, I will admit that I also use the taco seasoning packet. Looks like you made the leap to spicing up your ground beef with a variety of spices. I need to make that leap too.

    By the way, I have been taking lots of photos here in Holland. Looking forward to updating my blog when I get home. There is so much that I want to write about!

  5. Posted July 31, 2009 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    Oh wow, I am definitely craving one of these. Who can resist a luscious beef taco. YUM!

  6. Posted July 31, 2009 at 8:16 PM | Permalink

    Yum! I love using pan fried corn tortillas for tacos, too. SO tasty!

  7. Posted July 31, 2009 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    I don’t know how thye squeeze that much salt into those tiny spice packages. Maybe they use dehydrated salt or something 😀

    Ever try using Chipotle Chilis in Adobo sauce in your filling? I don’t ever remember seeing it before I moved to Wichita. Oh man it’s good stuff. Smokey and spicy. Yum!

  8. Laura
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM | Permalink

    Karen – I have thought about using chipotle…but was worried it would be too chipotle-ey. I will definitely try this next time around though.

    I always have a can in the pantry, and usually leftovers from the previous can in the freezer. It is really good stuff!

  9. Posted August 2, 2009 at 3:01 AM | Permalink

    I love that you made your own seasoning. Great picture too.

  10. Posted August 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    These look AWESOME!

  11. Posted August 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    Fantastic as always!

  12. Posted August 3, 2009 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    Yay for making your own spice mix! These look amazing…tacos are a total comfort food for me. I always find salt content amazing too especially because if I included that much salt in my recipes they would be inedible…they must do something to disguise it.

  13. Posted August 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    I agree about that little yellow spice packet, but I admit I sometimes grab it in a pinch. I’m loving the look of your tortillas! Wow, they are perfect.

  14. Posted August 7, 2009 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

    OMG, I love your blog and I love that you fried the flour tortillas. I too, always wonder why so much sodium has to be packed into small amounts of food. My body sure can’t take it without rebellion!

  15. Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    This looks fresh & delicious! I also find the sodium content in those seasoning packets appalling! (but that doesn’t mean I don’t have 1 or 2 of the low sodium packets hanging out in my cabinet…)

  16. Posted December 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Permalink

    It is shocking isn’t that they can pack so much sodium into most processed foods. I much prefer your version here. It sounds fresh and delicious. Have a good new year!

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