DIY Taco Season Mix :: No MSG, Starches, Or Artificial Flavoring
January 31, 2015
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Taco night is a staple meal night in our house and I am pretty sure it is a popular cuisine to serve in most homes. Taco salads are our household favorite!
I remember when I first started reading labels for ingredients instead of just fat and calories, and those little packets of taco seasoning really threw me off. What were all of those long named preservatives and starches? Unfortunately many of those store bought packets (yes even some of the organic ones) are filled with questionable starches/fillers and “natural flavorings” which scream hidden MSG. At the time I was on a pretty limited diet while healing gut disorder so taco season mix was one of the first “from scratch” DIY’s I ever tried.
My favorite part of this recipe is that it is so fast and convenient. I have this perfect sized spice jar that the whole recipe fits in. The seasonings can just be layered in, then shaken up, and I can just scoop out what I need on taco night.
If you want to make your taco meat have more of a “sauce” you can add a tablespoon of water mixed with a tablespoon of arrowroot to the meat to make a thickened sauce. I particularly like to do this when I make taco meat for taco salads – the “sauce” acts as a nice dressing mixed with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa in the salad!
Another one of my taco night tricks is to stretch the meat with sprouted beans or sprouted refried beans that I have stashed away in my freezer. My family of 5 could easily put away a pound of ground beef on taco night in one sitting, but when I mix a few cups of beans with the pound of beef, that one dinner just became 2 dinners.
3 TB chili powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp red pepper flakes (more if you want more heat) ⅛ tsp chipotle powder (more if you want a smokier heat) 1 tsp oregano 2 tsp paprika 1 TB cumin 2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp pepper