Sunday, April 15, 2007

Taco Seasoning Mix

For every packet of seasoning mix I see in a store, I begin the search for an alternative; the packets are usually loaded with salt (yuck) and msg (double yuck). This is a fabulous blend that can be suited to your own taste buds...and gives you piece of mind knowing exactly what's in your taco.

I've used this with both meatless crumbles and ground beef with equally good results. 2 tablespoons of this mix equals one 1.25-oz packet from the store. This recipe makes about 12 tablespoons.

1/4 c dried minced onion
2 T chili powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1-1/2 tsp oregano
1 T sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2 T cornstarch
1 T dried minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin

Mix and blend thoroughly, store in a glass jar for up to six months in the pantry.

To use:
Brown 1 lb. lean ground meat (or meatless crumbles) in large skillet over medium heat; drain grease if necessary. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes enough filling for 8 to 10 tacos.

Leftovers rating: High. Tacos are good any day of the week.
Note: Adapted from this recipe.

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