Friday, November 6, 2009

Taco seasoning

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Tacos are one of the few things our family could eat once a week, every single week and never get tired of. In fact, we do eat them pretty much every week. All this time I've been buying those little seasoning packets, and using double the seasoning amounts because they were good, but just not spicy or flavorful enough for us.

Then one day a few weeks ago I was looking at the packet and the ingredients list had only 3-4 ingredients. One of the ingredients was "spices". Um, a bit ambiguous, don't you think? I for one like to know what is in my food. Along came this fabulous recipe. I'd made taco seasoning from home once before and it was good, but missing a little something. This was perfect. I added in a bit of red pepper flakes to give it a bit more oomph and I was pleased with the results. This taco seasoned beef made the absolute best taco salads the next day that I've ever had. It would make an absolute killer batch of wet burritos or cheesy taco pasta bake, too. I am never going back to those little packets again!

Taco Seasoning
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Ingredients:
for the seasoning mix
1 T. chili powder
½ t. paprika
¼ t.cayenne pepper
2 t. dried ground cumin
½ t. oregano
¼ t. garlic powder
¼ t. onion powder
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
¼-½ t. red pepper flakes


to make taco seasoned beef (or chicken-  I use this for both)

1 t. corn starch

1 C. water


Directions:

Mix together the seasonings. Brown the beef (or saute the chicken) and drain any grease


Mix together the seasoning and corn starch, then add to the pan with the water and stir together. Simmer until the liquid is reduced and the sauce is thickened.  Serve!


Source: seen on Closet Cooking here and here

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