I LOVE TACOS…
I mean, who doesn’t right?
Whether its corn tortillas, flour tortillas or jicama shells; ground beef, pulled pork, chicken or steak; pico de gallo, pickled onions, Asian slaw or taco sauce; no matter what you put them in, fill them up or what you top them with, Tacos are just the best food there is. In fact, even though we just had tacos night before last, all this talk about tacos and I now am craving them again. (sigh)
While I love to try all kinds of variations of Tacos, the original, basic version of ground beef (or elk in our case usually… and by next year it will be Moose or Cariabou) and a corn tortilla is still probably my favorite. It feeds hungry hubby’s and kiddos in a jiffy and keeps everyone happy. Whenever we have taco night, it is always made with my Homemade Taco Seasoning and this yummy Homemade Taco sauce.
So since we had tacos the other night and I whipped up a batch of this sauce rather than paying who knows how much for it at our local small (expensive) grocery store, I thought I would share the recipe with you.
Now, we eat a LOT of tacos. It is probably a weekly or at the very least, a bi-monthly staple around here. Thankfully there is also no need to make this sauce every single time you cook tacos, I just whip up a batch about once a month. (But I probably wouldn’t let it go much longer than that without canning it.) If you have a larger family and wanted to make a big batch of this, just double or triple the recipe so that you could have enough for multiple meals as well. But to be honest, the recipe is so simple that it doesn’t take much effort. Just simply whisk the ingredients together in a sauce pan and set it to simmer on the stove while you brown your taco meat. It’s that simple. I wish I could sound intelligent and creative and give you a long list of instructions… but I just can’t. There is nothing more to tell you other that what to use!
Easy Taco Sauce from Scratch
Homemade Taco Sauce
- 12 oz can Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons Vinegar (white or apple cider)
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tbl Cumin
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- a pinch of cayenne (or more depending on your family’s tolerance of heat)
- Whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring up to a simmer.
Simmer on med-low heat while you make your tacos or at least for 20 minutes. (This is important to give the flavors a chance to develop but keep it low and slow so that it doesn’t reduce too much.)
- Remove from heat, cool & store in a glass jar. (Can be served cold or warm.)
It’s that easy folks. Nothin’ to it.
If you want to take it a step even farther, try my Taco Seasoning Blend as well! With these two recipes you will have excellent Tacos with NO processed ingredients.
And just as a bonus, I’ll also throw in my recipe for Homemade, Traditional Refried Beans.