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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