DAY 10
of the 30-Day Blog Challenge


Exhausted tonight, but before I go to bed, let me share with you a recipe for taco seasoning. I know I’ve just recently blogged about the Endless Summer truck (Day 3 of the 30-Day Blog Challenge), but thought I’d post this photo I took a few months ago when I first tried making the mix. Nothing beats the homemade version, with the most important reason for me is the guarantee of absolutely no MSG, as most ready-made packets have. It IS a lot of ingredients, but super easy to put together once you have everything on hand. One batch lasts a long, long time; and, you can use the spices for other delicious things (and if you’re building a spice rack, this is a good way to start). Enjoy!

TACO SEASONING MIX
(Courtesy of http://busycooks.about.com)

Make your own taco seasoning mix to control the ingredients for better nutrition.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup instant minced onion
* 2 Tbsp. chili powder
* 2 tsp. paprika
* 2 tsp. crushed dried red pepper flakes
* 1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
* 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
* 1 Tbsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. pepper
* 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
* 1 Tbsp. instant minced garlic
* 1 tsp. ground cumin

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend thoroughly with wire whisk. Spoon mixture into a tightly closed container and label as “Taco Seasoning Mix”. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within six months. Makes 6 packages (about 2 Tbsp. each) of mix. 2 Tbsp. equals 1.25-oz. pkg. purchased taco seasoning mix.

To make Taco Filling:

Brown 1 lb. lean ground beef (I used tuna) in large skillet over medium heat; drain grease. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning Mix. Reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes enough filling for 8 to 10 tacos.