Tacos Anybody??

I'm trying to find a seasoning substitution for ground turkey tacos. While I'm good with tracking calories when I have tacos, the sodium in the El Paso seasoning is a killer! Even the packets with 25% less sodium. What substitutions do you use for taco seasoning? Or what do you do differently to go lighter when having tacos?


  • Chef_Barbell
    Chef_Barbell Posts: 6,646 Member
    Cumin, Paprika, garlic, Adobo and Sazon are my usual go tos for taco seasoning.
  • Cbean08
    Cbean08 Posts: 1,092 Member
    There is no reason to cut out salt unless you need to for a medical reason. Or, if you just don't like the salty taste.

    We season tacos with pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic and onion. You can add chili powder or cayenne for more of a spice.
  • kami3006
    kami3006 Posts: 4,978 Member
    Chili powder, cumin, garlic, and a little sage are my go to. I prefer the less salty taste. There are tons of combinations. Something fun to play with.
  • Ayesha0624
    Ayesha0624 Posts: 95 Member
    Thanks! I not trying to cut out salt, just cut down. I have all of the seasonings you all have mentioned at home so I'm gonna try it out!
  • vggb
    vggb Posts: 132 Member
    I went to cooks.com and found a recipe that didn't have salt. It is pretty much the same ingredients everyone listed here but gave amount of each to make a batch. I increased the chili powder and lessened the cumin for taste.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,891 Member
    edited December 2018
    I use the JOC taco recipe, from which this was adapted: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/ground-beef-tacos-50176172


    2 tablespoons canola oil (with a nonstick pan, I only need about 4 grams of oil)
    3/4 cup chopped onion
    1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
    1 to 3 garlic cloves
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 jalapeno, seeded and minced fine (optional)
  • vingogly
    vingogly Posts: 1,785 Member
    Mrs. Dash is your low sodium friend.

  • BrianKMcFalls
    BrianKMcFalls Posts: 190 Member
    vingogly wrote: »
    Mrs. Dash is your low sodium friend.


    I second this, tastes pretty good and you can't beat zero sodium.

    It's not that hard to make your own as well, as others have suggested.
  • hesn92
    hesn92 Posts: 5,967 Member
    I don't care about sodium but I just use the individual spices (like salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder etc) you can then control how much salt you add if sodium is an issue for you.
  • OvershareUsername
    OvershareUsername Posts: 36 Member

    I decrease the salt to 1/2tsp. and omit the red pepper flakes because my kids are whiners! I make a triple batch and keep it on hand in an old spice jar! 😋
  • shelbygeorge29
    shelbygeorge29 Posts: 263 Member
    I do a spice blend, heavy on chili powder, but I find a big squeeze of tomato paste (I buy tubes, so convenient!) Really makes it taste like the package. It's probably 1.5 Tbsp of the paste.

    In fact, a few days ago I was out of tomato paste, used a bit of salsa as a substitute and it definitely was not as good.