|Measure out the ingredients into a small bowl.|
|Mix it up - looks like taco seasoning to me!|
2 teaspoons instant minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic (sometimes I just use garlic powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Mix ingredients together and use immediately or store in airtight container. Makes about 2 tablespoons mix, the equivalent of 1 package. When using, add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water to 1-1/2 lb. browned ground beef. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
I really like this! And you can make it ahead of time and label the bag/container ('cause if you don't label and think you'll just be able to remember what that is for, you might be wrong and you might have packs of spice rubs and seasoning mixes that look similar and you don't know which is which...or maybe that's just me). :)
And now...Montana Taco Salad. I named it this because that's where I learned how to make it - from a newlywed friend when I was probably 17. So you need to keep in mind that I didn't have much exposure to Mexican food growing up - only tacos and a few tamales. That's it! This taco salad was my first and is still a fave though most would not consider it worthy of being called a taco salad. There are only 4 ingredients: lettuce, tomatoes, browned ground beef cooked with taco seasoning, and...beans? No. Corn? No. Olives? No. Salsa? Sour Cream? Cheese? Cilantro? No, no, no, no. The 4th ingredient is none other than Nacho Cheese flavored tortilla chips (AKA Doritos)!
I did recently try to healthify this recipe a little - I use organic lettuce & tomatoes when possible, grass-fed beef, and I found a Doritos equivalent at Trader Joe's that does not have artificial flavors or colors and doesn't use GMO corn.
|Gather the ingredients!|
|Uh-oh...somebody appears to have already opened the bag to sample! Must be Quality Control. ;)|
|I put lettuce and tomatoes in first, then crumbled chips, then the seasoned meat on top and let it sit for a couple minutes before tossing.|
|Toss it all together!|
Do you make your own taco seasoning? Do you have a fave taco salad recipe? Obviously I need a "real" taco salad recipe, so leave links to your faves in the comments!
This post is linked to Works-For-Me-Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.
Have a great day friends!