The weekend party food was a Taco Bar. We are big fans of tacos, but have reactions to gluten, casein and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes). Commercial mixes contain at least one of these – even the organic varieties. (Chili peppers are a given in Mexican food…)
The solution? Make our own with a GF/CF/NF seasoning!
I developed this mix sometime last year, and have used this to make taco salad many times. It’s one of my son’s favorite meals – especially now that we have Tara’s tortilla recipe!
Nightshade-Free (GF/CF) Taco Seasoning
1 tbsp Himalayan Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Onion Powder
½ tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Coriander
1 tbsp Cilantro
1 tbsp Oregano
All ingredients are dried. I use the measurements as a ratio, meaning that I buy a spice jar of each ingredient and use the whole jar (or a half, as the case may be). The result smells and tastes very much like the store-bought seasonings I have used. If you like a thickening agent in the mix, add arrowroot powder. Grind/mix in a food processor or high-powered blender to ensure it is uniform and well-combined.
Prepare the same way as commercial mixes: brown a pound of ground beef, add @ 1+ tbsp seasoning (to taste) to 1/2 cup water to dissolve and add to meat. Simmer for a few minutes to meld flavors (and thicken). Enjoy!