So apparently I’m on a taco kick lately with the tacos de lengua and now these more traditional ground beef tacos. Apparently summer time to me means tacos. Not grilling, or ice cream, but tacos. Hey I’ve always been a little weird, what can I say? And I also had some more Pinkie’s Paleotillas to use up from the stash I bought at Picnik to use for the tacos de lengua.
The thing about tacos, besides being delicious, is that they are so fun to eat! Is it just me or is food way more fun when you make a big mess while eating it? I cannot for the life of me eat a taco without the meat and all the toppings falling out of the other end. But my favorite part is scooping up all the leftovers on the plate with my
fork fingers and shoveling it into my mouth so I’m okay with the mess.
My favorite thing about tacos though is how easy they are. If you haven’t already noticed, I’m really into simple recipes and it doesn’t get much simpler than browning some ground beef, throwing in a crap ton of spices, and stuffing that into a tortilla with some guacamole (because everything is better with guacamole)! To further increase the ease of taco-making, I used to use those seasoning packets where you just pour the contents of the packet in with some water and call it good. However, those carefree, non-ingredient-label-scanning days are long gone. I now know that hiding among the innocuous chili powder, cumin, and paprika lurks whey solids, sugar and even MSG. So basically some dairy (which I don’t tolerate), sugar (which contributes to blood sugar disregulation among other things) and a side dose of MSG (a migraine inducing neurotoxin). Fun times!
For me, ease never trumps health and I hope it doesn’t for you either. Fortunately there is an easy solution: make your own seasoning mixes! This way you can customize the spice blends to your taste, avoid the processed crap, and save money. And it takes all of like 2 minutes to measure the spices into a bowl or jar and mix. So skip the MSG filled, packaged garbage and try your hand at making your own. I swear it’s way tastier, cheaper, and super easy!
- 2 Tbs chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne (or more if you like it super spicy)
- ½ tsp coriander
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined
- Use 1½ Tbs per 1 lb ground meat (or more to taste)
Have you ever made your own spice blends? What is your favorite?
In vibrant health,
Note: I am not sponsored by Pinkie’s Paleotillas or Picnik Austin and I was not compensated for this post. I just really love these companies and wanted to share.