I did a quick look at the packet taco seasoning today at the supermarket and was sad to see that the first ingredient (that means it has the highest percentage) is either salt or sugar (white, refined!). Some of them have lots of artificial additives too. I think this recipe is just as tasty with a fraction of the salt and sugar (heck, you can even leave it out if you want!). The kids always go back for seconds – that’s normally a good sign, right?
Vital stats: gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan, egg free
Okay, so this is what you need:
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
1 tsp oregano flakes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp rapadura sugar
1 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp onion flakes
1 tbsp garlic powder
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Mix all the ingredients together and grind to a powder. You can do this by hand with a mortar and pestle or with your food processor. If you are lucky enough to have a thermomix, then grind on speed 10 for 10 seconds.
That’s it. Super easy, right? Now you can store the seasoning in an airtight container or use it straight away. I find this amount is perfect for 500g of meat. You could make a double batch and have some for next time. You could make lots of batches and give it away as gifts !
BEEF AND SALAD TACOS:
This is how I make MY tacos. I would love you to tell me how you make YOURS.
So this is what you need:
1 quantity of taco seasoning (as seen above!)
500g grass-fed, organic beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic (Australian please)
1 small zucchini, grated
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup bone broth or stock
1 tbsp tomato paste
corn taco shells ( or use a corn-based wrap )
grated tasty cheese and grated carrot (mixed together)
This is how you do it:
Brown the mince with the onion and garlic.
Add the taco seasoning and mix thoroughly. Then add the tomato, zucchini, tomato paste and broth.
Simmer gently on a low heat to let the flavours develop, around 30 minutes. (If you are in a hurry, just make sure everything is cooked through).
Heat the taco shells for about 5 minutes in a moderate oven.
Place everything on serving platters and serve to the hungry mobs !
The beauty of this beef mix is that you don’t tend to use all of it on the tacos, so the leftovers can be frozen and used again for tacos or serve it on rice.
I had been buying the Coles brand of taco shells, as this was the only one without loads of additives as far as I could see. These are the ingredients: corn flour, vegetable oil (antioxidant 319), water.
I thought I was onto a winner !!! However, knowing a lot of you have allergies, I thought I had better check my trusty Chemical Maze Shopping Companion to check up that number 319. I nearly cried. This is what it says
“tert-Butylhydroquinone 🙁 Toxic by ingestion, birth defects, allergic contact dermatitis, suspected carcinogen and mutagen. Food: edible oils (may not be listed). Other: varnish, perfumery, lacquer.”
I won’t do a big rant, but holy smokes………………………. this is in the food we give our kids ?????? 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁
So, if you do find a taco shell that is not compromised, please leave us a comment telling us the brand and where you found it. In the meantime, I am back to my corn wraps! Sorj brand corn wraps or Mountain Bread brand corn wraps are the ones I have found that are the best.