Dr. Morgan Winton, ND
I love Mexican food! I'm also always trying to make my body & kitchen healthy. I'm embarrassed to say that for years I bought taco seasoning from the grocery store Tacos, burritos, etc. can be a healthy meal, depending on how you make them! I love to make Mexican salads with ground seasoned meat and/or seasoned black beans, avocado or homemade guacamole (garlic, lime juice, salsa, avocado, salt & pepper), salsa, lettuce, and tomato. Sometimes I add organic corn tortilla chips and cheese - just depends on how I'm feeling!
Anyway, back to the taco seasoning - I was out of seasoning at home and a friend suggested that I make my own. I finally read the side of the package next time I was at the grocery store and was somewhat horrified to see the chemicals and the crazy amount of salt that is contained in one package! So, I found a recipe that I liked and there's been no looking back. Now I'll share it with you! I usually make a triple batch and keep it on hand to season black beans or ground meat whenever the need arises. I hope you enjoy!
Taco Seasoning (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or just add fresh chopped garlic when you're making your meat/beans)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder (or just add fresh chopped onions when you're making your meat/beans)
Pinch of cayenne pepper if you like some heat!
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper