Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

taco seasoning

I love making my own taco seasoning.  It is so much healthier for you than the store bought brands with all the added sodium.  One package of store bought taco seasoning contains 98% of ones daily value of sodium. Not to mention all the preservatives and anti-caking agents....geesh!!  Besides it is mostly corn anyhow.

I use my taco seasoning in so many ways.   I of course use it for tacos.  It is good in beef and venison burger, as well as ground chicken and turkey.  I also add it to strip or shredded chicken or re-fried beans to make burritos or soft tacos.  You can season homemade tortilla chips (make your our taco Doritos) . You can also add some to a little oil (1/4 cup) and mix with saltine or oyster crackers and bake at 250 for 15 minutes to make a taco cracker snack.
 I usually end up making a double batch of meat and planning taco salads, or taco pie for dinner a night or two later.  You could also freeze the seasoned meat if you had leftovers and use it next time you wanted a quick meal.

The mix is good for 1 pound of meat, for everything else, season to taste....

You can measure out the spices as you make dinner or measure some out ahead of time in snack sized zippered bags, or a baby food container and have it when you need it.

Taco Seasoning
1 TBSP Cumin
1 TBSP Chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

You can either add 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper powder to mix or add hot sauce to taste (when cooking), depending on how hot you like it and if you want straight heat or a little vinegary tang.

For quick tacos I normally brown the meat then add water and the mix, then cook till the water is all absorbed/ evaporated.