I fell behind on reporting over the weekend, because it was a VERY busy one! We had a festival in our town, which always ends up in visiting with friends we haven't seen in a while. Which leads to feeding people. Which usually leads to finding quick ingredients last minute.
This weekend when we had a friend over for dinner, and I had to come up with something quick for dinner, so tacos won since I had most all the ingredients I needed. As I prepared them, I realized I needed to share one of the most important ingredients that I always include--taco seasoning. I can't tell you how long it's been since I bought a MSG-laced package of taco seasoning. It's high in salt and high in preservatives. I have a recipe that is a clone to the prepackaged version, and you will have all the ingredients in your cabinet. This recipe is equal to one package of taco seasoning.
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder, or 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano, or 3/4 tsp fresh oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Mix all spices together. When meat is done browning, add this mix, plus 3/4 cup of water to the meat, and simmer and stir until the meat is the desired consistency.
Sorry there are no awesome photos of delicious, steamy taco meat. I could pull some out of the fridge and nuke it, but I don't think it would have the same effect. I have a few more posts that I'm working on, including a pineapple carving tutorial, with the yummiest pics you've ever seen, so check back! Chow, or is it ciao, for now!