Something happened at my house last night that I am sure many of you can relate to. I was committed to taco night for dinner, had all of the toppings ready to go, and then realized I was out of taco seasoning. Yes….I buy taco seasoning packets. (gasp!) Well, after about 10 minutes of scouring my cupboards just in case I missed one, I remembered that I am a chef. I already made a recipe for my own taco seasoning!
I also wanted to stretch my meat a little and add some extra fiber into the kids’ diets, so I used whole wheat tortillas and added pinto beans to the mix. The kids don’t mind this trick at all. In fact, I don’t really “trick” them with it because they know the beans are in there. It’s important for them to know about smart food choices! This is also a great recipe for any of you that are trying to watch your sodium intake because you are in complete control of the amount of salt you use!
Salt-Free Taco Seasoning
3 tablespoons ground chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons red chili flakes
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons smoked paprika, sweet
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until combined. Store in airtight container for up to 6 months.
1 pound ground or pulled beef, chicken or turkey
2 tablespoons Everyday Gourmet Taco Seasoning (more if desired)
¾ cup beer or water
½ teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to taste)
(optional – 1 cup cooked pinto or black beans)
Brown meat in a frying pan over medium-high heat, breaking apart with a wooden spoon as needed. (Mixture should be finely crumbled). Reduce heat to low. Drain fat. Add taco seasoning and beer (or water). Stir until meat is evenly coated. If using beans, add them at this point. Let the mixture simmer until all excess liquid is gone. Season with salt and more taco seasoning to taste.
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