The Best Use for Taco Seasoning Packets (It’s Not Tacos)
Look, I know that taco seasoning is relatively easy to make at home, and I certainly have, but in this particularly crazy season of life I’m grabbing packets of the stuff at the grocery with absolutely no shame.
Use taco seasoning as a meat rub.
Here’s something worth noting: Most packaged taco seasonings contain cornstarch. It acts as much as an anti-clumping agent as it does for thickening the juices and grease of browned ground beef. This works to great advantage when using taco seasoning as a dry rub for meat and vegetables — because the cornstarch works with the meat’s natural moisture to make the spices stick even better, and it also creates a little layer of starch that hardens when browned (read: instant crispy beef crust!).
Use taco seasoning to boost yogurt or sour cream dip.
Sour cream or yogurt languishing in the fridge instantly becomes taco dip when sprinkled with a bit of taco seasoning. It works well as a dip or sauce for tacos or nachos, or as a topping for baked potatoes. You can eat it instantly, but I find 30 minutes of rest after mixing — in the fridge or at room temperature depending on your dinner plans — makes for a slightly more flavorful and thick instant dip.
Sprinkle taco seasoning of crispy, roasted things.
Lastly, don’t sleep on taco seasoning for spicing tater tots or crispy chickpeas before roasting. It’s a brilliant (and kid-friendly) topping.
Read more: How to Make Taco Seasoning
This post was originally published on The Kitchn. Read it there: The Best Use for Taco Seasoning Packets (It’s Not Tacos)