Cinco de Mayo next week! We need to get taco ready ASAP.
I don't know if you've noticed, but I like to make a lot of stuff from "scratch." I mean, we started doing this back in college with beer, so now it has just evolved a bit. I am all about making my own stuff. Everything from almond milk and granola, to pesto and tahini. If I can make it at home, I try to.
There is something amazing to me about taking the time (if you have the time it at least) to really learn about the things you eat. I've found by learning more about the ingredients that make up my favorite foods and actually making them myself, I've grown to appreciate the process more and the food more. The more I make my staples at home, the easier it becomes to have it on hand all the time. Plus, I truly think it tastes better and makes me feel better. But, that's just me.
On that note, one of my very favorite pantry items is taco seasoning! Put that packet stuff DOWN! Yes, it is easy to pay $1.50 and pick up a packet of that stuff, but have you read the nutritional label on the back?? What is that in it any way? This homemade batch is not only better for you, but you probably have everything in your spice rack already, so seriously, why not.
I've used this with chicken, ground beef, and fish. You can adjust the heat level easily by putting more or less cayenne in the mix. Or if you like it a bit more smokey, add more smoked paprika. Not a fan of coriander, sub it out for something else. Simple as that. The salt level is such that I don't salt the meat as I'm cooking since the mixture has enough already. If you salt your meat, cut the salt down by 1/4 teaspoon.
To make this easy, you could make a few batches and store them in zip lock bags or a resealable jar. It will taco night even simpler. I typically use one serving of the seasoning per 1lb of beef or chicken.
Most likely, you have all these spices in your cabinet now. Customize this to add or take away whatever spice you like and go for it!
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon papkria
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
Mix all the spices together until well blended and combinedAdd the spice mixture to any desired protein (ground beef, chicken, fish etc) along with 1/3 - 2/3 cup of water Cook on a low heat until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistence. Add more liquid for a thinner sauce
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1/3 cup
Cheers and Happy Cinco de Mayo!