Over the last year or two, we’ve moved toward trying more “clean eating” in our house. This can mean many, many different things – Whole 30, Paleo, vegetarian or vegan, avoiding additives, etc etc.
For us, we simply try to avoid super processed foods or foods with a lot of ingredients we don’t know or can’t pronounce, and then we find alternatives to use in their place. We also make fresh homemade meals as often as we can.
Not only does it allow is to know exactly what is in our food, but we also can control quantity of certain ingredients like sugars and sodium.
(Before I go further, let me clarify a couple things:
- I have no medical, nutritional, or dietitian type background.
- How people structure their diets and what they choose to eat are completely personal choices. You gotta do what is best for YOU.
- In our house, does trying to eat more cleanly mean that we never stop for fast food, make a frozen pizza, enjoy some Girl Scout cookies or make brownies from a box mix? HELL no. It’s called balance, people 😁)
But enough with the caveats.
One food item we’ve started making ourselves instead of buying is taco seasoning. Super quick and easy, and you can easily tailor it to your taste buds. And honestly, it tastes better than buying the packets at the store.
Here’s the base recipe we use. This makes a good amount for 1 lb of meat. If you need more, just double or triple.
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- Pinch or two of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
Mix together in a small bowl and use whenever you need some taco seasoning 🙂