Have you looked at the back of a food package lately? The list of unrecognizable ingredients is sort of unnerving. When I can't pronounce an ingredient in a food product there is something wrong. (And I'm pretty good at pronunciation!) The bottom line is: Do you really know what you are putting in your body? What effect are those science lab chemicals having on your body?
One product that everyone seems to use, mostly for convenience and because no one really knows what its made of, is Taco Seasoning. Below is a recipe that can be made up in advance and kept in a jar for future use. You can make as much or as little as you like.
This leans toward the "hotter" side so chili powder and red or cayenne pepper may be adjusted accordingly. This recipe seems to work for my Texan folk who love the heat.
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cocoa powder (yep!)
1 tsp. flour (used as a thickener but may be omitted or masa flour, corn starch or other thickening agent may be substituted)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. To use: 1-2 tsp. per 1lb. ground beef. This mix is wonderful on chicken and fish as well!