Tacos when made with lean organic beef or turkey can be a healthy and satisfying dinner for the whole family.   Pairing them with healthy toppings like vegetables and salsa adds nutrition, flavor, and color.  Watch out for that pre-packaged taco seasoning though.  Most contain high amounts of sodium and even some additives like MSG.  It’s easy to make your own, and you can even make a larger batch to keep in your spice drawer.  This recipe calls for 1/4 tsp. of salt per 1 lb. ground beef or turkey.  That works out to only 96 mg sodium per person!

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning


  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients. After meat is browned, drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water. Simmer for 5 minutes


You can adjust the heat by adding more or less red pepper flakes (or by keeping them out all together) and adjusting the black pepper. Play around with the mix and make it your own.

If making in bulk, store in airtight container for up to 6 months. Use 3 Tbsp. per 1 lb. meat.


Tip: Try buying your spices from the bulk section of your natural grocer (like Sunflower Market or Sprouts) to save even more money!


Now it’s you turn! Please link up your healthy recipes below:

Alysa Bajenaru, RD is the official dietitian of Mamavation. You can find her blogging, tweeting, or chasing after one of her kids.

Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.

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