I like taco seasoning. I typically buy packets and add them to recipes. Obviously I add it to ground beef, but it can be used on chicken breasts and in dressings (both used in Southwest Salad), note it can be used in the Picante Peach Pork recipe.... If you make up your own mix, you are able to adjust flavor and heat.
The below recipe makes about 1 cup of dried Taco Seasoning Mix. I only mixed up half the recipe. I learned that I used most of the seasoning I mixed up for one go around with the Southwestern Salad.
1/4 cup Ancho Chile Powder (mild heat, sweet fruity flavor)
2 T chile powder
3 T ground cumin
1 T dried cilantro
1 T sweet paprika (not hot paprika, unless you like it hot)
1 T fine grind sea salt (or slightly less regular salt)
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. fine grind black pepper
1 tsp. ground Chipotle Chile Powder or Cayenne for more heat
I combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir them together.
You can have a more finely ground mixture by grinding ingredients into the bowl attachment of blender or a small food processor, and process them for about a minute. I don't have either of these, but I do have an old coffee grinder that I kill spices with periodically....
Store Taco Seasoning Mix in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Start with 2 T per pound of ground beef for regular ground beef tacos, then taste to see if you want it more spicy.
I can now use there in my Picante Pork recipe, spicy saltine recipe, and Southwestern salad recipe....