March 2, 2010

Taco Night

A few years ago, we found a great recipe for taco seasoning on I make a bunch of it at a time and keep it ready to go with the other spices. To make it you will need:
6 TBSP chili powder
1/2 TBSP garlic powder
1/2 TBSP onion powder
1/2 TBSP crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 TBSP dried oregano
1 TBSP paprika
3 TBSP ground cumin
2 TBSP ground black pepper (I never put this much in)
2 TBSP sea salt ( I never add salt, there is plenty in the chips, salsa, etc.)

First, knock a drinking glass into the floor while getting out all of the spices...
Next, mix up all the ingredients, hard huh? Try not to miss the bowl like I did. ha!

This makes a jar full (6-8 servings) and leaves 2 or 3 TBsps for dinner.

My friend Natalie introduced me to Kraft's free Food & Family Magazine a number of years ago, and we have enjoyed trying out the recipes on our unsuspecting husbands. The magazine is no longer free - booo!
Here is one of our favorites from the magazine - Taco Dinner in One Pan

The recipe uses 10 min. rice, but since we were out of that, I used a cup of basmati rice, good stuff that we bought at the local warehouse club.

Brown a pound of beef
Next, stir in 2-3 TBsps of taco seasoning and 2 cups of water, Bring this to a boil then stir in 2 cups of 10 minute brown or white rice. Sprinkle cheese over the top, cover, and reduce to simmer for 5-10 minutes. (If you are cooking different rice, cook it separately and add it into the pan with only about a cup of water instead of two)
We normally serve this over smashed up tortilla chips, but works well in taco shells and tortillas too. Don't forget to cut up a pretty tomato or some green onions to make it pretty!

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