Thursday, September 5, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning

In our attempt to eat more clean and avoid all of the "extras," we have begun to attempt some homemade sauces, marinades, and seasonings.  We had great success with our barbecue sauce and teriyaki marinade, so we thought we'd give taco seasoning a try!

On our first attempt, we thought it smelled great and we were excited to try it out.  I made tacos and threw in a few tablespoons of the seasoning.  Once it was done, I took a little taste-test and yikes!  It was spicy!  I tried it out on the kids and had to laugh when one of the kiddos grabbed their throat and began to chug milk and the other yelled, "I feel like I ate some hot sauce!"

All right, let's try again!  This time we followed the recipe, but cut out the cayenne pepper and reduced the chili powder a bit.  I used it to make mexican lasagna and it must have been okay, because everyone scarfed it down.  This is definitely a trial and error recipe, as you need to find what heat works for your family, but it's super easy to make and once you figure it out, it would make sense to double or even triple the recipe.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Adapted from Chef Pablo's Recipe

1 T. chili powder
1 t. paprika
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. oregano
1/4-3/4 t. cayenne pepper (adjust or omit)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
1 t. sea salt (reduce or omit if desired)
1 t. ground black pepper

Mix together and store in air tight container.  Use 2 T. per pound of meat.

If making tacos, add 1/2 cup of water to drained meat.  Add seasoning.

Taco Seasoning

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