Making your own taco seasoning has many benefits. Your reasons might be different then mine but today I will tell you why I make my own taco mix. I started on a “Go Green” kick a few years ago. During that journey I switched to more earth conscious body products and cleaning products. My health has improved so much. While I was researching why to have green products for my home and body I found that clean eating was in fact a huge thing missing from my life. I was worried about chemical laden products ON my body; why was I putting them IN my body?! This sparked a whole new subject for me to look into and this is where my no processed food journey started.
I read an article saying that natural flavorings can mean bugs, dirt, rocks, hair and anything that is naturally derived that might have made its way into the mix of ingredients. YUCK!
I now was on a journey of how to eat clean with out spending a TON of money. The best way I have found to eat clean and not break the bank is by making the food myself. Making things from scratch saves money and allows you to know exactly what is in your food. It brings me a lot of joy knowing what that I am giving my family clean whole foods. Plus, it tastes WAY better when you make it yourself.
Thanks to the Lego Movie’s Taco Tuesday and living in El Paso, TX for almost a decade, we make tacos 3-4 times a month. Those little packets of taco seasoning are filled with tons of salt, sugars, preservatives and added ingredients masked as natural flavorings. Sometimes they have artificial ingredients or coloring. Who knows what’s in them?! I found that I could create my own taco seasoning for about half the price it was to buy premix packets. My mix tastes better, is healthier and saves money. That’s a win, win!
I use dried spices and herbs to create my taco mix. This way I can mix it up and store it in the spice cabinet in a simple jar.
JEM’s Homemade Taco Seasoning (mild version)
(double recipe for a pint size mason jar)
3 TBS Chili Powder
1 TBS Garlic Powder
1 TBS Onion Powder
1 TBS Oregano
1 TBS Basil
1 TBS Thyme(optional)
1 TBS Nettle(optional)
1 TBS Flour (I use flour to help thicken the sauce)
½ TBS Black Lava Salt(You can use any salt you want)
1 TSP Cumin
1 TSP Ground Cayenne pepper
1 TSP Turmeric
1 TSP Paprika
1 TSP Flax seed meal(optional)
1 TSP Ground Peppercorn( I used a peppercorn melange but you can use black)
Add 3-4 TBS of Taco Seasoning to 1 pound of taco filling. Stir in 1/3 cup water, mix to cover all taco filling and let simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let filling cool before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.
YUM! Now why the heck would I add all those optional ingredients?
While studying to be an herbalist I have found new ways to hide extremely healthy herbs and nutritional ingredients into my cooking. All of the herbs and spices in the mix have special benefits to improve ones health. A lot of them belong, but some are not in traditional taco mix. They are all marked optional but you never know you might enjoy the flavor and health boost they add to your meal. I will tell you why I add these items to my taco mix.
Nettle adds little flavor to the taco seasoning but is packed full of vitamins and minerals. (Vitamin A & C, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium and Protein.) It supports many systems of your body including the digestive tract, liver, respiratory system, and supports a healthy metabolism just to name a few. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps with joint and muscle pain. It also helps with allergies and skin issues.
Thyme is my favorite herb to cook with. I love its flavor, smell and health benefits. Not only does thyme add delicious flavor to a dish it is packed full of helpful benefits. It helps with headaches, stress, depression and anxiety, sleep issues, skin issues. It helps enhance your appetite, and stimulates your liver to help with digestion. It has anti-viral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties.
Flax Seed Meal may reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. Supports strong bones and joints, the digestive system and can help balance hormones. It contains Omega-3 essential fatty, soluble and insoluble fiber, and a healthy dose of plant based protein. Flax seed is great for giving your skin a healthy glow, helps you fight depression and can give your body a boost of energy.
Cooking with herbs give your dishes an extra healthy boost. Creating nourishing whole foods for my family brings me joy. Cooking from scratch helps me know what is in our food and helps us save money while providing delicious meals. I hope your family enjoys my taco seasoning as much as we do! #letseatsmarter
The Small But Mighty Flax Seed: https://theherbalacademy.com/the-small-but-mighty-flaxseed/?ap_id=jemdreamz1214
The Benefits of Flaxseed: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed#1
A Family Herb: Stinging Nettle Leaf: https://theherbalacademy.com/a-family-herb-stinging-nettle-leaf-uses/?ap_id=jemdreamz1214
The Many Stinging Nettle Benefits: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/stinging-nettle-benefits-zmaz81mazkin
Health Benefits Of Thyme: Medicinal Uses Of A Favorite Herb: http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-thyme-medicinal-herb/
4 Reasons Thyme is an Herb for Winter: https://theherbalacademy.com/4-reasons-thyme-is-an-herb-for-winter-health/?ap_id=jemdreamz1214