Make your own additive free taco seasoning!!
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 and 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 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon oregano flakes
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon rapadura or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon onion powder or flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
I like to use organic spices and herbs for this – Simply Organic or Gourmet Organic are my favourite brands.
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Mix all the ingredients together. Easy huh?
If you have onion flakes you may want to 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. Now you can store the seasoning in an airtight container or use it straight away. You could make a double batch and have some for next time. You could make lots of batches and give it away as gifts !
How to use it:
♥ Make taco mince using 500g mince and one batch of this seasoning.
♥ Rub it into a shoulder of pork and throw into the slow cooker for a delicious Mexican Pulled Pork.
♥ Fry with some strips of chicken, onion and capsicum to make fajitas.
♥ Rub it on a whole chook or chicken pieces and make my Mexican Chicken.
♥ Sprinkle on baked potato wedges and serve with sour cream and guacamole.
♥ Add to mince and shape into hamburgers. Serve in a bun or soft tortillas.
♥ Toss through a drained can of chickpeas and some oil and roast in the oven until crispy.
♥ Liven up a beans and rice dish.
♥ Add to mayo or sour cream to make a tasty dressing.
What else do you use it for?