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Homemade Taco Seasoning

by Courtney on July 18, 2011

I swear, every time I get a new issue of my Cooking Light magazine subscription in the mail, I wind up with a whole renewed desire to cook dinner again. Thank goodness.


Cody really likes when I get my latest issue, too.


Actually, that’s a lie. I just felt the need to slap a picture of him up here this evening. Forgive me. Smile

So while I have my eye on about a dozen different recipes in this latest issue, I decided that tonight I would throw together my own version of their Shredded Chicken Tacos with Tomatoes and Grilled Corn.


While the original recipe called for using a store-bought rotisserie chicken, I already had two chicken breasts on hand, so I quickly poached them on the stove. Once the were cooked, I planned on coating them in some taco seasoning…only I realized that I was out.

But have no fear! Thanks to the lovely thing that is Google, I figured out a way to make my own taco seasoning blend…




Once the corn was roasted and the chicken was done, I heated up some corn tortillas and filled them up with a little seasoned chicken, black beans, the tomato and grilled corn mixture, and some avocado chunks.



And lucky me…I have leftovers for tomorrow. Wheeeeeee.

To go along with our chicken tacos, we heated up some frozen green beans which were actually kind of rubbery and gross and I didn’t eat very many of them. But I DID eat about four slices of fresh watermelon that I picked up at the store today.


What is it about watermelon in the summer time? It’s SO good!


So was the rest of this meal, for that matter. Winking smile

Tonight, hubby has a softball game, so I’ll be heading out shortly to go cheer him on.

In the meantime, don’t forget to get all of your entries in for my SOYJOY Daycation giveaway

And while you’re at it, feel free to go ahead and answer tonight’s questions!

Questions for the Evening:

What’s your favorite summer time fruit?

What are your favorite taco fillings?

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1 Corey @ Family Fresh Meals July 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I do love a fresh summer peach! Yum Yum Yum! And those tacos look amazing. Can’t wait to try them!


2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Those tacos looks good! Avocado is my fav topping and a must have for my tacos. Fruit is so hard to pick but I think I’d say a peach or nectarine.


3 Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters July 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

strawberries, white peaches, and watermelon top my list for favorite summer fruits! when it comes to taco fillings, I really love the toppings on fish tacos: cabbage, avocado, and sriracha for some spice!!

i noticed you left the jalapeno off, other than that, it looks just as good as the fancy schmancy mag cover!


4 Courtney July 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Jalapenos and I aren’t all that close ;)


5 Darcy July 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Berries, berries and more berries are my favorite summer time fruits! I love raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries!!!!! Love them all and I make smoothies, pies, crumbles, cereal toppers and eat them just plain! Did I mention that I love them? Berries, berries, berries!!!!!!!!! Yum!


6 Courtney July 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hahaha, wait, Darcy…do you like berries? ;)

I drove past your road the other day and waved! Hope your summer is going well!!


7 Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun July 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I love chicken tacos! And I love Clean Eating magazine….such good recipes and advice. I did a blog post last week about roasting chicken breast in the oven. I would highly recommend it for this recipe. Come check it out!


8 Khushboo July 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Berries are my summer fruit! I seem to be eating them by the box, thank goodness they are cheap this time of the year!


9 Jess Masters July 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Court, those look delicious! I have that issue sitting on my chair waiting for me to read it! I’ll definitely be ripping that page out for my recipe binder :-D


10 Samantha @ Running and Cupcakes July 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I think I could eat for months just off of the recipes you share! Those look amazing, I will definitely be making them!

Fave summertime fruit is definitely strawberries! There’s nothing like a fresh picked juicy strawberry!


11 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

As long as the taco is full, I’m a happy girl! …The more salad and veggies the better, as long as the taco is FULL no one gets hurt. HA!
I love all fruit, whatever is cheapest and sweetest! :)


12 Jen M. July 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

mmmmm, I might be doing tacos for dinner now, those look so good!

Avocados+Tomatoes are basically my must-have for pretty much everything during the summer – salads, sandwiches, burritos/tacos, beans-and-rice bowls, as a topping on omelets, pretty much on anything! yum! I also love cheese, sour cream, cilantro and jalepenos, but can do without all of that as long as there are tomatoes and avocados. :)

I love fresh local blueberries, fresh Rainier cherries, white peaches, and good watermelon, and I use to love summer blackberry and boysenberry cobblers and crisps from the berry bushes along the creek behind my parent’s house when I was younger! Then the city ripped them all out because they took over the “greenspace” :(

Now I’m itching to go berry picking!!


13 Shayla @ The Good Life July 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Oooo those tacos look so yummy! My fav summer time fruit are definitely mangos and all berries! And I love seasoned chicken, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and stir fried veggies in my tacos! ;)


14 Liz July 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm


I think I need to make tacos for supper tonight!

My favorite summertime fruit is peaches! Or cherries! It’s a tough call…

I love to throw some guac and cheese (of course) in my tacos!


15 April @ motor city runner July 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Watermelon is my fave summer fruit!! I like to sprinkle it with salt….brings out the sweetness.
Fave taco fillings are anything spicy!!


16 Shana July 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Any fresh summer fruit is amazing but watermelon is my absolute favorite. It is so delicious now that it is in season locally.


17 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I’m actually sitting next to that issue as I type! You definitely picked the most delicious picture in that magazine ;)


18 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine July 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Peaches – they are by far my favorite summer time fruit!


19 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I just got my magazine of CL in the mail last week! Love that mag!

You did a pretty darn good job with those tacos. They look like the cover pic! :)


20 Vanessa @ Sweaty in Pink July 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Mangoes and pineapples!!!!


21 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Strawberries and watermelon are my favs. My favorite taco fillings are black beans and mango.


22 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

My favorite summer fruits are berries and peaches! :)


23 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie July 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

i love my cooking light magazines!!

my favorite summer fruit is strawberries!


24 Laura @ Unchartered 20s July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Everything looks so fresh, colorful & yummy! What a great, quick dinner!


25 julie July 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

i’ve been dying to make fish tacos lately! this homemade seasoning sounds pretty stellar! if you have a tjs near you you MUST pick up a pack of their seasoning, it’s super spicy but so good


26 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

This is making me want mexican food reallllll bad.


27 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Omg I’m in love with watermelon in the summer! It’s so awesome…I know several people who hate it and I just don’t understand them. I also know someone who sprinkles salt on it…I’m not sure I would like that haha. Those tacos look awesome! Nice job :). I totally hope I win your giveaway…I’m keeping my fingers crossed


28 Jodi July 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My favorite taco fillings are chicken and sour cream! The ones you made for dinner look like a quick and easy (and customizable) idea! I wish I liked watermelon :-(.


29 Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries July 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Ohhh yumm!! I love strawberries and mangos, and I LOVE cheese in my tacos :)


30 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill July 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I saw that picture on the cover of Cooking Light and immediately thought that I had to make them! They look SO good!

Peaches are my favorite for the summer time (only the ones with minimal peach fuzz though!).


31 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) July 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I just got that issue in the mail and can’t wait to read it! Your tacos look amazing!


32 Molly July 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

favorite summer fruit by FAR is the cantaloupe! i’m actually just now starting to get acquainted with watermelon, but i really like it. in fact, my husband and i just did some vodka infused with watermelon AND blueberry. very summery and mixes well with lemonade :)


33 RunEatRepeat July 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Your pictures are 100 times better than mine. Put some hot sauce on my taco baby!


34 Kristine @ Running on Hungry July 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Those tacos look SO good! I’m the exact same way – as soon as Cooking Light comes, I go on this new recipe binge! I love it!


35 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds July 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Looks like you took those tacos right off the cover of the magazine! Yum! My favorite summer time fruit is definitely cherries! I can’t get enough of those guys.


36 candice July 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

Those look delicious!
Avocado is a must in my homemade tacos!


37 Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 19, 2011 at 1:50 am

Those look fabulous! Watermelon is definitely my favorite summertime fruit! I love looking for new ways to use it


38 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 19, 2011 at 4:42 am

Yum those tacos look delish!

I love stone fruit – peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums…


39 sweet and savvy July 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

Kind of weird.. but I lovee using Mrs. Dash’s steak And spicy seasonings on my tacos!


40 Erica July 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

I love strawberries & watermelon in the summer!

As far as tacos, I’m pretty simple… I usually add some lettuce, cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream, & salsa!


41 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

Those tacos look amazing!!! I love making good food like that in the summer… with lots of veggies and spice! :)


42 Renee July 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

Cooking light is the best thing ever, it’s like a boost in the arm of healthiness every time it shows up in my mailbox! Great Post your taco’s look amazing! Mine did not! But still delicious!


43 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love when tacos have avocado in them, chopped or in guac form. Also, my buddy just let me try some of her blackened catfish tacos, and I’m already jonesing to try and make that at some point.


44 Jessie July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hey! Looks so good! Did u coat the chicken in the seasonings after you poached it? What did you poach the chicken in? Just water?


45 Courtney July 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yup! Coated after poaching, and I just poached it in some water and chicken broth. So easy!


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