Taco Potion #19

All the ingredients...

According to Alton Brown, "This mixture of spices and thickeners will turn ground meat into a flavor fiesta … and yes, I just said “flavor fiesta.” Why number 19? Because there were 18 formulas before that didn’t quite reach my “fiesta” standards. Although I use this predominantly on beef, it works just as well with ground turkey."


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

To Do

Combine the ingredients in a container and shake well.


Taco mix #19 as above. 2 TBSP peanut oil in skillet. Medium chopped onion 3-4 minutes. Then add two cloves fresh chopped garlic, and 1# ground SIRLOIN. Heat 3-5 minutes until meat is browned. Add entire dose of taco mix #19 and mix well. Add 2/3 cup beef broth, bring to a simmer. Simmer 2-3 minutes.