However, there are plenty of homemade versions of typically processed food that are easy peasy. This recipe for taco seasoning, found originally at Food Renegade, is just that.
To make a large jar of seasoning that will last several months, simply combine the following:
- 1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 2 1/2 tsp. Paprika
- 2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
But our family likes taco night too much to not utilize this mixture. We have tacos at least once a week, and we all look forward to it. Without actually making three different meals (because I normally wouldn't do that), I can give everyone just what they like: hard shell tacos for Landon, a "burrito" for Mitchell, and taco salad for JD and I. Everyone is happy.
Oh, and there's all the great things you can do with the leftover tacos. Our favorite is the taco bake:
I think I love this because it's pretty much like eating nachos for dinner. It still feels healthy though, because of all the fresh veggies. Oh, and the homemade taco seasoning of course :)
***Update, 11/16/2013 We still eat the taco bake often. I have, however, stopped putting a layer of tortilla chips on the bottom of the baking dish. I noticed they became soggy, especially after being reheated. Instead, we dip the chips in afterward.***