Taco Seasoning

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes the smallest things seem like a big success.  Making my own Taco Seasoning is one of those. It is so easy to make and usually you have everything you need already in your spice cabinet.  Plus, you have the HUGE benefit of not eating all those preservative ingredients that you can’t pronounce in the prepackaged stuff.

It’s Monday and a super busy one at that, so I am not going to do a bunch of chit chatting on this post.  I do want to go ahead and tell you to get ready because this is shaping up to be a Mexican theme week.  I was scheduling my posts in my Blog Planner and realized that I have quite a few Mexican ones to share.  I told you we loved it around here!

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Print this recipe, go to your spice cabinet and get all these out and make this!  I promise you will be glad you did. So easy and so tasty too!

Taco Seasoning
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container. This makes approx. 5½ tablespoons.
  2. To use: Use about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning for every 1 pound of meat. You can adjust this to your liking. Brown your ground beef and drain off the fat. Add your taco seasoning along with ¾ cups of water to your ground beef. Simmer and stir until water is absorbed.

This was adapted from allrecipes.com. 

We almost always have one or more Old El Paso products on our Mexican night as well.  Check back tomorrow when we will be featuring their new Stand n’ Stuff Flour Tortillas.  We love them!!  🙂

Chipotle Lime Steak Fajitas

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I didn’t like Mexican food at all until about 8 years ago.  I wouldn’t touch it.  Finally one day my husband made me try his fajitas.  It was basically just steak cooked with some onions and peppers.  I could deal with that.  I don’t think I even used a tortilla at that point.  I still wouldn’t touch anything else though.  No rice, no beans, no salsa.  If you know me at all, you are probably sitting there with your mouth dropped to the floor.  You see, these days,  I could live on salsa the rest of my life and be perfectly content.  I eat all kinds of different mexican dishes now and you will be seeing lots of them on this blog over time.  I try to incorporate it into our menu at least once a week.

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Every time I sit down to a mexican meal, I think about all the times I missed out on some super delicious Mexican food because I wouldn’t try it.  I am so thankful my husband forced asked me to try it once.

Pair these up with my Cilantro Lime Rice, Spanish Rice or Fresh Salsa.  Yum!

So, what are your favorite mexican dishes?  I would love to know!  I am always looking for new ones to try!

Chipotle Lime Steak Fajitas
 
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Ingredients
FOR THE STEAK MARINADE:
  • 2lbs flank steak
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the jar/can the peppers came in)
  • juice of 2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
FOR THE FAJITAS:
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 orange bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • flour tortillas
OPTIONAL GARNISHES:
  • cilantro
  • pice de gallo
  • sour cream
  • shredded lettuce
  • refried beans
  • black beans
  • shredded mexican cheese
Instructions
FOR THE STEAK:
  1. Marinate the steak about 6-8 hours before you plan to cook.
  2. Combine all the marinade ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine.
  3. Put your flank steak into a ziplock bag, pour the marinade over it, and allow to marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours. If possible, shake it up and flip the bag over once during the marinating process.
  4. Take the bag out of fridge about and hour before cooking and let it sit at room temperature.
TO COOK THE ONIONS AND PEPPERS:
  1. Heat 3 tablspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet.
  2. Once hot, add the peppers, onions, salt and pepper to the skillet.
  3. Cook them until the peppers and onions are soft and onions and translucent. Usually about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
TO COOK THE STEAK:
  1. Heat up a grill or grill pan over high heat and brush/spray well with vegetable oil.
  2. Put the steak onto the grill/pan.
  3. Cook the steak for about 3 minutes on one side, 3 on the other side. This will give you a nice medium steak. Adjust time according to your preference.
  4. Once finished, cut into strips and set aside.
TIME TO EAT:
  1. Now you can assemble your fajitas as desired and enjoy!

 Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.