The Secret Recipe Club:
Mexican Taco Seasoning with Fried Ice and Donut Holes
One of the things I love about the blogging community are the “challenges” that are hosted by different blogs and people……I try wherever possible to join in and I have met some wonderful people through some of the events I enter; my favourite “club”, without doubt, is The Secret Recipe Club, which allows me to meet new people, discover some amazing new food blogs and try (and taste) new and exciting recipes. The Secret Recipe Club is a “recipe swap” type of club, where members are assigned a “secret” partner every month – they then make a recipe from their assigned blog, in secret of course. On”Reveal Day”, we all post and share our blog posts via a “blog hop linky” and you then discover who made one of your recipes, which is very exciting! I have discovered lots of lovely people and some fascinating blogs, as well as some delectable recipes too……it’s a brilliant way to share, meet and greet in a virtual “on-line” way.
My “Secret” partner this month was Melissa from the FAB named “Fried Ice and Donut Holes” blog. I love the name of her blog, and I also loved all of her recipes, and there were many that grabbed my attention before I settled on making her “Taco Seasoning”. Other recipes on my “must make soon” list are: SPICY ITALIAN DRUNKEN NOODLES WITH SAUSAGE, CHEDDAR ALE SOUP, DENVER OMELET PIE and the AMAZING sounding CHEDDAR JALAPEÑO BURGERS. However, Melissa’s simple recipe for Taco Seasoning was my chosen recipe this time, as I find it VERY hard to source good taco seasoning in France and even the UK, and I am a BIG Mexican Food lover. So, I thought that a batch of this would set me up to cook Mexican for the next few weeks! Also, I am a “Cinco de Mayo” birthday girl, read “Fiesta Babe”, so it was essential that had an ample source of this seasoning for my upcoming birthday on the 5th May!
You can read more about my lovely partner Melissa here, About Me, but, I JUST have to tell you quickly where her blog name comes from; when she was little she remembers her grandfather telling her to behave, otherwise she would only get “fried ice and donut holes” for dinner……..that means NOTHING! What a GREAT memory and what a unique name for a food blog too. Melissa is a teacher who loves to cook and bake, which, is more than evident if you visit her blog and check out her lovely recipes. On to Melissa’s recipe now, and it really is SO simple and yet the results are brilliant – I made a batch if this a week ago and I have used it several times since then……not just in Tacos, but also in a Layered Mexican Salad as well as some Cajun style kebabs too. One important point that Melissa makes about making your own seasoning is that you can cut back on the salt too, which is perfect for me, as I suffer with high blood pressure and have to be very careful about my salt intake.
Here’s Melissa’s recipe for Taco Seasoning, and do remember to credit her with this recipe if you make this and share it on-line! Melissa says………”We love Mexican food and make our fair share of enchiladas, but we don’t make tacos nearly often enough in our house. Growing up, we had tacos relatively often, as it was something that we all liked, but when we made them we always used a packet of taco seasoning to flavor our ground beef. Taco seasoning is not something that has ever crossed my mind to make, even though I’ve seen it on many blogs that I follow. When I decided to make tacos for dinner last night, I also decided that I was going to try to make my own taco seasoning. It couldn’t have been any easier, and I guarantee that you have all of the ingredients you need in your spice cabinet already! Making your own cuts down on salt that you find in pre-mixed packets and it is just as good, if not better than the store bought stuff”……….I LOVED this seasoning mix thanks Melissa, and I plan to make this all the time now!
(SOURCE: Annie’s Eats)
4 tablespoons Chili Powder
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Paprika
3 tablespoons Ground Cumin
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well to blend. Store in an airtight container.
To Prepare Taco Meat:
Cook 1 pound of ground meat (we used ground chicken this time). Add 1 cup of water with 2 heaping tablespoons of taco seasoning. Simmer until most of the liquid is completely gone.
Thanks Melissa and The Secret Recipe Club for yet another fun and intriguing month of mystery and flavour……….do pop over to see how Melissa copes with fried ice and donut holes if you have time, and tell her that I sent you, she may offer you a donut hole or two! Karen
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