We are a busy family with 4 kids and 2 working parents so school nights seem to fly by. Between practice after school, rehearsals, and lessons it can get crazy. I need fast, go-to dinners that I can get on the table with little to no prep for the busy nights. One of our main go-to meals each week is tacos. It is something that everyone enjoys and we can mix it up by using beef, chicken, steak, or beans so it is almost like a new meal each time.


I have a basic taco seasoning recipe that I use:

Taco Seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 /4 tsp onion powder

Shake it all up together in a little bowl with a lid.

After your meat is cooked, drain any grease and drippings (I also rinse my meat), add the meat back to the pan, 2 or 3 tablespoons of the taco seasoning, and 3/4 cup water per 1 pound of meat. Simmer for 10 minutes and you are done.

We like to serve rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and olives with our tacos.


We also serve chips and salsa for everyone to snack on while we get the food ready to go.


Final product usually looks something like this: