It’s Tuesday. I’m craving tacos. Coincidence? Maybe….or not.
I love all things Mexican inspired…. tacos, burritos, enchiladas etc. And, finding a way to prepare them in a healthy way is my jam. Typically these types of dishes are not associated with being healthy and full of whole foods; however, I like to try to change things up a bit and make them into things I can feel good about eating and good about serving to my family and friends. I make a mean enchilada casserole (with homemade enchilada sauce!), which is often requested by family members when they come for dinner. I also do a delicious chicken, black bean and sweet potato skillet.
All of these recipes require an assortment of spices. Often times, I see these types of recipes calling for a premade spice blend, such as Old El Paso. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on that little yellow packet? It’s disturbing to say the least. You can easily make a taco seasoning that is even MORE delicious, with ingredients you can pronounce. All of the spices are ones you can easily find in the grocery or bulk food stores.
The best part of this recipe? You can double it (or triple it like I did in the photos!). So, mix it up, put it in a jar and save it for the next time you plan to make tacos, burritos, nachos etc. You can always make it more or less spicy too. Or make it mild then add more spice when you go to use it, depending on the recipe. It is also gluten free, so there isn’t any guesswork (unlike when reading the prepackaged stuff).
Stayed tuned for a post on how I actually intend to use this blend in my taco filling for dinner tonight! It’ll be a recipe you’ll re-visit time and time again. It involves my slowcooker and is vegetarian! Score!
So Simple Taco Seasoning
Prep time: 10 mins
- 1 Tbsp chili powder (can do a mix of regular and chipotle if you want!)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika (smoked or regular)
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp crushed chilies or red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp sea salt
Measure out all the spices into a bowl. Mix and pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Or, better yet, measure them all into the jar and shake to mix! Use as directed in any recipe. Simple as that.