Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

I wanted a light and easy dinner this evening, so I made this taco salad. Simply chopped iceberg lettuce, julienned sweet onion, diced roma tomato and crushed corn chips tossed with ranch dressing. The salad is then topped with seasoned cooked meat and chunked avocado...bam...done! 

I seasoned the meat by making a taco seasoning mix that replicates the packaged varieties.  Cooking day-in and day-out has taught me that pretty much anything packaged can be made on your own. It can be made for a fraction of the cost and without the added chemicals and preservatives. You also have control over the quality of ingredients.

Taco Seasoning Mix

2    tsp minced dried onion
1    tsp chili powder
1    tsp paprika
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp crushed red chili fkakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder*
1/2 tsp onion powder*
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano

*powder not granules...there is a difference in the flavor and texture profile.

Mix well. Add mixture along with 1/4-1/2 cup water to one pound cooked ground meat of choice. Simmer 10-15 minutes.

Stock your pantry and start cooking. Don't be afraid to experiment. If you'd like it spicier, swap out hot hungarian paprika for regular paprika, or add some cayenne or more chili flakes. Want it milder?  Leave out the chili flakes.  Play, create and have fun!!

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