Thursday, February 2, 2012

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning! mmmmm!

Every Tuesday in our house is "Taco Tuesday" which is really fun and Little Man loves it.  He also is starting to grasp the days of the week a bit so I'll say, "we're having tacos tonight" to which he replies excitedly, "it's Tuesday"!  I also found it easier to feed him dinner if I stick to a schedule of things I know he likes.  One day a week I will try something new that way I know what things I can rotate in or not.  It makes it a lot easier and stress free eating.

In a move to cut a lot of preservatives and the yucky stuff I don't know how to pronounce  from our lives I decided that one way would be to make my own taco seasoning because let's face it this body doesn't handle MSG very well!  I cruised the Internet and settled on this recipe.  It was a little to spicy for Little Man so I modified it a bit and seriously it does taste like a taco should!  If you want all the spice make sure you add more red pepper and add black pepper according to the recipe above.  Did you know it was cumin that made a taco smell like a taco?  I did not know this!
Chicken Taco on whole wheat shell... Little Man refers
to this as a "burrito" because according to him all
soft shelled tacos are burritos.  I have learned to
only serve hard shell tacos on "Taco Tuesday" soft shelled
burritos are for another day :)

This recipe is for a really mild toddler-friendly version.  This is a portion for five different taco nights!  So you can make a bunch and store it in your cabinet.   When you are ready to use, Spoon out 2 tablespoons of your mixture and add it to your 1lb of browned meat(or cooked chicken) and add 2/3 cup of water.  Cook together for about five minutes.  It's delicious!

1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
dash of cayenne pepper (add more if you are spicy and you can also use flakes)
1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
2 1/2 tsp. Paprika
2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin 
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Sea Salt (any salt would do)2 tsp. of Coriander (because I'm obsessed with it)


BTW Little Man does not eat "salad" which is lettuce, or tomatoes!  I didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea!  His taco consists of black beans, meat, and cheese.  I sneak grated carrots into his meat :)

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  1. I have to try this! I get the low sodium taco seasoning and only use part of the envelope then add smoked paprika which is wonderful!

    1. That's exactly what I was doing! Using only a little of the packet! I've never had this smoked paprika I must try it! I saw it when I went to replace the paprika I had and I was unsure if it was the same or different or what. I hear them talk about it on the daytime shows though.

      This mixture works well though and you have an excuse to get a cute jelly jar for it :)

      There is a McCormick brand of taco seasoning that isn't as scary as the (delicious) others but you have to find the mild version because the regular is way to spicy for little man.

      I also read that all Chili Powders aren't created equal! Which is crazy but I guess you have to read the ingredients on that as well. Some have some yucky additives but some are flat out spices.

  2. This is great! I would love it if you come by and link this up at From Scratch Friday tomorrow @ Marriage from Scratch!


    1. Thanks Christina! I just linked it up! I'm currently making a link party page so I'll be sure to be add your button