Friday, April 27, 2012

Tacos Without the Seasoning Packet

Most of the time, I love it when my kitchen looks like this, at least until I have to clean it up, lol!  If my kitchen look like this, it means something fun is going on in the kitchen.  This is the mess I made tonight when I made homemade pizza- again.  Of course, the eggs and yellow onion had nothing to do with the pizza.  They were just waiting their turn to be put away after grocery shopping and egg gathering!  I have practiced and practiced the recipe, and I have finally gotten it right!  It is so soft and light!  I had to take a picture of the pizza I made to suit everyone.

There is adult pizza on the left, cheese pizza for Jacob in the middle, and pepperoni for Alissa on the right.  Pizza our way!  It's the beauty of homemade!  And we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

But!  The real purpose of this post was to ask you this one question:  What could you make if you had all these spices and a pound of ground chuck?

I made tacos!  I really do not like using store-bought seasoning mixes.  I have several recipes to make a large quantity of  taco seasoning mix to keep on hand, but I have yet to read through them or try any of them.  When I made tacos last night, I just looked at the back of a taco seasoning mix packet to see what spices were used, then I started experimenting!  This is what I came up with.  I'm sure it will change with time, but I heard no complaints last night!

Taco Seasoning
3/4 tsp salt
1 t paprika
3/4 t onion powder
3/4 t garlic powder
1 T chili powder

To make the tacos, I browned the meat and drained it.  Then I added all the spices and 1/2 cup of water.  I let the mixture come up to a boil.  Then I turned down the heat to let it simmer uncovered until most of the liquid was gone. 

Do you have a favorite seasoning mix you like to make?  Perhaps you have a taco seasoning mix that is better.  I would love for you to share!

You know I just have to give you a better look at the eggs in the basket.  These are the eggs I got out of one nest today!  We have four nests, but all the chickens want to lay in the same nest where Fern has been sitting on her eggs.  For two days the chickens and I couldn't synchronize our timing for me to retrieve the eggs.  Poor Fern was trying to lay on nine eggs this morning!  She finally got off the nest to let Rosetta get on, and at last, I was able to get the eggs.  I know Fern was happy!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!