Super easy homemade mild taco seasoning recipe with ingredients you already have in your cupboard with no added preservatives! Easily adjustable recipe that’s perfect for kids.
A staple around our house is tacos. We typically make them with ground turkey, but will also do fish, beef, and shredded chicken. I love them because they are easy, cheap, and really versatile. A few years ago, I stopped buying the pre-made packets and began making my own mild taco seasoning for a few reasons:
- Most were pretty spicy, even the mild ones, and my kids were sensitive to that.
- I often ran out and didn’t have one on hand.
- Most varieties had preservatives in them, which I would rather skip.
Today I wanted to share this staple with you, because I know many of you are eating tacos in your house on a regular basis. Because this is Your Kid’s Table, you know I’m going to hook you up with some picky eater tips!
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Why Tacos Might Be a Win…
Most picky eaters respond really well to crunchy foods so it can be really helpful to serve these on hard taco shells or as quesadillas. Many picky eaters tend to favor the cheese over the meat. In the beginning, it would be helpful to go lighter on the meat, and over time, build up how much is in there. Now that my former “picky eater” devours tacos (ground meat used to be a no-no), we pile the meat in hard tacos, cheese on the top, and then baked all together in the oven. This is great because it is all set up and you can moderate how much meat is on the shell.
My kids are extra motivated by these fun taco trucks. I love them because they are functional, but also because they are really fun for the kids and add that extra bit of motivation, if they need it!
Taco Seasoning For Other Dishes…
Quesadillas are great because you can use the taco meat, cheese, and whatever else to make it very crunchy and thin, which picky eaters are usually more open to. Although, keep in mind that the more foods you add, the more overwhelming it might be for them. It is better to keep it simple in the beginning, even if it is just meat and cheese. You can serve tomatoes, avocado, etc. on the side. Or, better yet, set up a taco bar and let your kiddo make their own!
Recently, we made apple and chicken quesadillas. They were fantastic and had just three ingredients: apple, chicken, and cheese. But, if you have a more adventurous eater, you can experiment with adding black beans and tomatoes, too. You can totally use the taco seasoning for these, but you’ll want to add a little less water than when using ground meat.
Homemade Mild Taco Seasoning Recipe
So, about that Taco Seasoning Recipe, let’s get to it:
Mild Taco Seasoning Recipe for Kids
Quick recipe for a homemade taco seasoning
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Cilantro
- 1 tsp Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1 dash Chili Powder (Optional)
- 1 lb Ground Meat, Shredded Chicken, Fish or Shrimp
- 2/3 Cup Water For Ground Meat (2-3 tbsp for other protiens)
Cook or heat up meat/fish.
Put all spices in a bowl and mix together.
Add mix onto cooked through meat and stir until coated.
Add water and stir until mixed through.
Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces.
Ready to serve!
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Alisha Grogan is a licensed occupational therapist and founder of Your Kid’s Table. She has over 17 years experience with expertise in sensory processing and feeding development in babies, toddlers, and children. Alisha also has 3 boys of her own at home. Learn more about her here.
Great seasoning mix that is easy and keeps things from being too spicy for my young kids. My go to!
Hi Nicole! So glad you enjoyed this 🙂
We love this mix! It’s the one seasoning mix my kids don’t complain about Being spicy! How could I make a big thing of it to have on hand? And how much I use then per pound of meat? Thank you!
Perfect, thank you.
You’re very welcome!
I agree that it’s too salty. I put in half the salt; next time I’ll use maybe 1/4 tsp. I also didn’t add the water and kept it kind of dry, and we liked it that way. Thanks for the recipe! My kids don’t like spicy food, so this recipe was perfect.
Hi Marie! Thanks for reaching out and leaving great feedback! Glad you + your kids enjoyed!