Norwegian taco spice mix

Or really, East Coast US type taco spice, the instant spice you get in packages in your grocery store. This kind of tacos is a huge deal in Norway and ‘Friday tacos’ is well established in Norwegian households. Eaten week (and year) around, though.

Multiply this recipe as much as you want and keep a stock of spice ready to go in your spice shelf. A great advantage of making it yourself is that you exclude the salt, thereby getting to salt the meat separately during frying. Which you really should to make the meat taste better.


  • Multiply the recipe and keep a spice stock for your Friday tacos
  • For 1 pound meat use ca. 25 gram spice mix.


Modified from NRK Mat


  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground koriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 generous tbsp Mexican chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  1. Mix all the spices together and keep in airtight container if storing
  2. First fry the meat (remember salt)
  3. When meat is ready, add 25 grams of spice mix per pound of meat. Let it roast with the meat for about a minute.
  4. Add a couple tbsp tomato paste and mix around
  5. Add water so your meat gets the preferred consistency and lett simmer for a couple minutes before serving.

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