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Think is that calling something authentic taco is like saying give me an authentic burger recepy.
That said, you do have alternatives. Cumin is the spice that most people are not familiar on most "Mexican" flavoring.
If you want easy, get Sason Goya, they come in little packets all premixed, but are better than the mixture you get from "taco" seasoning.
If you want to make your own use Onions, Garlic, Cumin, Salt. I think lime is better for after the meat is prepared and not before.
An easy taco meat preparation method that will come out delicious is
1 Onion, 2/3 Tomatoes, Garlic (fresh is better, crush it yourself), Salt and Cumin.
Heat from Jalapenos (keep seeds for more hawtness) Cayenne pepper works to.
Start by chipping the Jalapenos and add them to the pan where you will cook the whole thing. Grease the pan with whatever you find healthier.
Once they are roasted and you start to smell (or cry) then add the onion and the tomato.
You can chop, but I prefer to use a cheese grater for quickness and ease.
Once you have a nice sauce going, lower the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes. You should pre brown the meat seperate so you can drain it, and just add the sauce to the meat. Then let it simmer up to the point that you prefer the juiciness, some people like it drier, some people like slappy joe.