Taco Party for 25

The squirt’s birthday is coming up in a few days. We had a party for him this past weekend. Hubs and I put together a taco spread – beef, chicken, and veggie fillings, veggie and non-veggie refried beans, guacamole, red salsa, and green salsa, and cupcakes.

The squirt liked his cupcake, especially the frosting. He carefully picked all of it off the cake. It eventually got all over his face. There was very little smashing, unfortunately. Once he wiped his eyes and got frosting in them, the fun was all over.

We put together a homemade taco seasoning for the beef filling. It tasted so much better than the packaged variety (usually the case), and had way less sodium. I’ll never buy the taco seasoning packets again!

adapted from Annie’s Eats

Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning


4 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp plus 1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. To season ground beef: Brown 1 lb ground beef in a skillet. Sprinkle 2 heaping Tbs of taco seasoning over the meat, add 1 c of water, and stir. Let the meat simmer until the liquid has cooked off.
  3. Store extra seasoning in an airtight container.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. This is fantastic! I love making tacos for weekday dinners (great for parties too!) and have wished there was a substitute to using the packaged variety which fantastically convenient, but not particularly healthy . . . this looks super easy and I can’t wait to try! Cheers, Michelle

  2. I love tacos and would really like to try to make my own seasoning. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. A couple of weeks ago I started making tacos only to discover my son had thrown out my huge thing of taco seasoning. I have to admit, it was over a year old & needed to go. My errand boy (husband) was busy doing stuff I didn’t want to give him an excuse to stop so I rummaged through the spices. I’m happy to say I came up with something very close to yours. I didn’t have onion powder so I minced onions & cooked them with the beef. No garlic powder either, so I added minced garlic in place of that. No cayenne or red pepper flakes (the boy threw out a bunch of outdated stuff). I just added a bit of hot sauce. My guys raved! My husband said we wouldn’t be buying any more taco seasoning.

    BTW, I do not read blogs. I’ve always found them rather boring. I stumbled onto this while looking up a recipe for something I now can’t remember after having spent an hour or more reading this blog. Your taste in food is very similar to mine. You’re photography is really good (I majored in photography & my husband & a daughter are such good photographers I only snap with my phone nowadays). This is beautifully put together and very professional. Also, your little guy is adorable! Congratulations on your successes! Maybe I should jump on the blog wagon, but would have no idea what to write about or how to go about doing it. You may have inspired my next few months project. ~ Cheryl

    • Kokocooks says:


      Glad you like the recipe, and thanks for reading! I’m glad to hear there are other people who share my tastes in food.

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