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  • Of Food And Love: Taco Seasoning

    I’m from California.  I love tacos.
    Those two phrases are synonymous.

    I’ve lived in this town for 4 years and suffered through NO Mexican restaurant within a 3 hour drive.  (I have to say that there is a restaurant that claims to be Mexican and it’s 30 minutes away, but it’s not.  It really isn’t and I would never eat there again)  So, just recently, like 2 weeks ago recently, this town got its first Mexican restaurant!!  I was sooo excited.  A little taste of home.

    But, back to the taco seasoning.  So, over the past 4 years, I’ve hunted and searched out recipes to satisfy my craving for Mexican food.  At first I bought the taco packets *gag* they always made my tummy hurt.  Then, I went through a few different taco seasoning recipes until I found this one.  Oh, it’s so tasty and I know what I’m eating…I’m not shoveling weird chemicals in my mouth and calling it taco flavored meat.

    It’s amazing how my kitchen holds so many wonderful flavors.  Potential wonderful flavors.  Just a dash of this, a pinch of that a teaspoon of something else and …

    Shake it all together and you get yummy little fiesta to put in a bottle!

    And, I not only use this seasoning for my tacos but for my cheater beans as well.
    I can’t remember the last time I bought refried beans in a can.  I just make them myself!  I use pinto beans, or red beans and set them on medium low heat, put about a teaspoon of seasoning in and let them cook for a bit to soften them up.

    After they’ve cook for about 10 minutes I mash them up!

    That’s it.  No more weird chemicals in my beans, either.  Yum.

    Enjoy!  Summer is coming and it’s the best time to have tacos!

    Taco Seasoning  courtesy of  :: Allrecipes

    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper

    I, too, make my own taco seasoning, but thanks for the great recipe for refried beans. Also, have you ever tried Casa Sanchez down 15? I’ve thought that was a pretty good authentic Mexican restaurant, but I’m no expert either. :)

    Yeah, so. I’m convinced that there are no good Mexican restaurants outside of California.

    Now. Taco seasoning. My mom used to use the taco packets as a kid, but I use the EXACT same ingredients that you use to make my taco seasoning. I also add a bit o’fresh cilantro.

    Mmm. I could SO eat some tacos right. Now.


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