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Taco Night!
by whoorl
September 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Is there anyone out there who doesn't love taco night? WE LOVE TACO NIGHT. In fact, I sink into a little bit of culinary depression if we don't do tacos once a week. My 5-year-old son feels like such a big boy when he gets to assemble his own meals, and the bite-sized morsels of veggies, beans and meat are perfect for my 1-year-old. Here's how we make taco night special at the Whoorl household.

One of the best things about taco night is the ease of preparation. Almost everything (tortillas, taco shells, seasoning) can be bought prepared, but I like to make my own taco seasoning for the ground beef and beans. Here's the quick recipe.


1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix together and use the desired amount mixed with your protein. (You can store the rest in an airtight container.)

Now, if you aren't in the mood to make your own or in a major hurry, we like the Old El Paso seasoning packet, as well as their taco shells. Heat up your protein, chop up all your sides, and you're good to go!

What are you favorite sides for taco night? I do a quick mexican rice using enchilada sauce that seems to keep the family happy, but I'm always looking for ways to change it up.


  • Leelee1008
    October 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    We love taco night around here, its usually taco tuesdays! atleast once a month, sometimes 2 depending on our schedule. I didnt make sides but I have started to make some country cheddar rice, and it gos along pretty well with the theme.

  • abernathyvanna
    October 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Refried beans with cheese on the top

  • abernathyvanna
    October 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Spanish rice -- I make it homemade and from the Rice A Roni box too.. LOL 

    I also like making.. well.. what I have always heard of as "sopa"... noodles cooked like homemade mexican rice. :) 

  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    October 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

     Gawd I love taco night ! Now I want Tacos...thanks !

    by KTMOM
    October 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    I like to do beans and rice and sometimes corn on the side.

  • alliesmom112
    October 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM
    We love taco/burrito night. We always make guac, rice, onions, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, cheese,
  • alliesmom112
    October 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM
    Oh and sour cream
  • Kainalu55
    October 5, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    i love tacos! i make spanish rice as a side dish as well as refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, salsa...all to add to oour tacos! yum! i think i'll have a taco night soon!

  • KamiB79
    by KamiB79
    October 5, 2011 at 8:10 AM
    We don't normally do side dishes with tacos.
  • Madelaine
    October 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    love taco night

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