Well, food blogs to the rescue!
Dad's Cheeseburger Helper is pretty awesome. And not complicated.
And today, I finally found a homemade taco seasoning recipe that tasted right! (When I infrequently make tacos, I had been using some other recipes i found a few years ago. One didn't have the variety of spices you need and used maple syrup - weird... another was more like a mexican-style hamburger helper with rice, and it wasn't quite satisfying either.) There were two keys here:
1. I combined from two recipes I found, to make something that looked right to me.
2. There's starch (cornstarch) to give a little bit of body.
- 1 1/2 T. chili powder
- 1/2 T. dried minced garlic
- 1 T. corn starch
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp. marjoram