My science class has been investigating industrial farming and food, and the kids have selected topics that they’re interested in. I’m pretty sure by the end of it all, I’ll have a classroom full of students looking for organic, free-range, grass-fed, farm raised, non-GMO labels on the food that they eat (sorry parents). Wait. What about skittles, and Doritos, and Little Debbie’s? Yeah-alright. Maybe these lessons are actually impacting me a smidge more than them.
Their arguments are pretty convincing. It’s pretty funny-they (without any persuasion I might add) take the side against the debatable topic. I mean, in all seriousness-we probably all think about it, yet don’t act on it. Guilty!
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in something as simple as taco seasoning? What the heck is Ethoxyquin? O.K.-I can clearly see it’s a preservative…but why am I eating that?!
I’m not going to preach about what you should or shouldn’t eat, because I’m not sure I have a solid answer on that one myself. Well…and I know that nothing is going to get between me and a good slice of cake, or cookie, or muffin. Oye!
What I am going to do is show you how easy it is to take just one of those icky store bought items and make it yourself, ick-free.
With a little prep and some spices, you’ll have a delicious taco seasoning that you don’t have to worry about…well, if you worry about that kinda thing! If you don’t-it’s seriously delicious and far more tasty than its packaged pal, so I’d give it a try regardless.
My tip is to make a few batches of this stuff ahead of time and store it in small, airtight containers. That way you can easily have tacos without much prep. Woot, woot!
Note: Save money on spices by shopping at country markets that sell spices in bulk.
*One recipe makes enough for 1 pound of meat.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a dish and mix.
- Fully cook 1 pound ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
- Sprinkle seasoning over meat and add 1/3 cup water. Simmer until water is absorbed.