Friday, January 11, 2013

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

The ingredients below are from the nutritional statement from a popular, commercially produced taco seasoning.  Why is there sugar, yeast and corn starch added?  What exactly constitutes 'Natural Flavor'?  Why the 'Caramel Color'? Yikes!  What is in our food?!?

Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites).)

In my quest to simplify and feed my family a cleaner, healthier, whole foods diet, I decided to try and make my own taco seasoning.  A few bulk spices later, and I had an economical, tasty mix that works well with meat, beans and vegan meat alternatives.  

Homemade Taco Seasoning:
4 1/2 tbsp chili powder
3 1/2 tbsp paprika 
3 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp jalapeno pepper powder
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan fine ground salt

Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl, then transfer to a sealed container.  Keep in a cool, dry place. Makes about 8 ounces of taco seasoning.  

To make taco meat:  brown your meat or meat alternative of choice (about 1 pound), add 2 heaping tablespoons and 1 cup water to the pan.  Stir well and simmer on low until the liquid is just about gone, then serve.  

You can also sprinkle it on or mix it with just about anything you want to have a little zip...rice, quinoa, beans, mix with sour cream or yogurt to make a veggie dip - the possibilities are endless!  I made quinoa the other night and added about 2 teaspoons to about 2 cups quinoa along with some of my homemade veggie stock - the result was delish!  (My partner even tried it on raw, homemade sauerkraut.  Strange I know, but he thought it was 'interesting'. :))

How will you use your Homemade Taco Seasoning?

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