Tacos can be an issue on a low sodium diet. A serving of taco seasoning from the packet can add about 300 mg sodium to the meal. And that doesn’t even account for the sodium in the salsa, tortilla, cheese, etc. This can make a single taco meal quite high in salt! Because there is a large amount of salt in our processed foods used as a preservative, most of our sodium intake doesn’t actually come from the salt shaker. It comes from packaged foods. Which can mean it is even more important to pay attention to the additional salt you are putting into your meals!
Following a low sodium diet doesn’t mean you need to miss out on flavor! Utilizing dried herbs and spices, as well as fresh herbs, can really amp up the flavor of a dish, and you won’t even miss the salt.
No-sodium taco seasoning to the rescue. This will give your tacos all the flavor they need, without the unnecessary salt. But this doesn’t need to be limited to just tacos. You can use this to season meat for enchiladas, season your chili, or to season roasted vegetables like carrots or cauliflower!
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No-Sodium Taco Seasoning
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 3 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano dried
- Mix all ingredients in a jar with an airtight lid.
- When ready to use, brown 1 lb of ground meat of your choosing. Once the meat is brown, drain any excessive fat and mix 2 Tbsp of seasoning mix with 1/4 cup of water and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
This is so yummy, it adds a nice kick to your food without adding any sodium at all. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.