mmm, Taco Seasoning

06TacoMeatDonebfLOWe do like a nice taco every now and again; be it beef or chicken, with refried black beans or without (tho’ usually with), and with lots of crisp romaine, pickled jalapeño, onion, fresh tomato, shredded cheese, and a nice glob of sour cream. I wouldn’t say “no” to some gordita sauce, either.

Thing is, I’m not really comfortable with the taco seasoning packets and all the extra stuff; I mean – do my tacos really need dextrose, potato starch, and citric acid? I think not, so I came up with this.

•1 tbsp chili powder
•1/4 tsp garlic powder
•1/4 tsp onion powder
•1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
•1/4 tsp dried oregano
•1/2 tsp paprika
•1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
•1 tsp sea salt
•1 tsp black pepper

03TacoSeasoningJarbfLOStir together to combine and stash in a jar.

Simple, no? I usually whisk mine together, then pop it into a lidded jar so I can give it a couple of good shakes.

When ready to use for tacos, sauté onion and peppers in a bit of oil for 5 or 10 minutes, until tender, then add 1 lb of ground beef (or you could use chicken pieces) and cook, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink.

07TacoDalibfLOAdd the seasoning, along with 1/2 cup of water (or you could use tomato juice) and continue cooking until the liquid has been reduced.

Tasty. Simple. And none of that there potato starch stuff.

I like that in a taco.

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