I have been trying to watch my sodium content since it is the new buzz in the health world. I was also horrified to read in a recent issue in Cooking Light that they are pumping our chicken with sodium. Make sure you read your labels and the sodium content is under 70 mg.
So anyway was does this have to do with tacos? Well I am posting a recipe tomorrow that called for taco seasoning, and when I read the blog post for that particular recipe it said that packaged taco seasoning mix has a ton of sodium. My interest was piqued since I was planning on using a packet I had in my pantry so I decided to check out the label…holy moly 450 mg of sodium in one serving! Bringing the grand total to 2,580 mg of sodium in that one tiny packet. So after seeing this, I decided instead to make some of my own. It is so easy to make your own and chances are you already have everything you need in your spice cabinet at home. So mix some up and enjoy taco night in your home!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
What you’ll need:
4 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
What you’ll do:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix well to blend. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To prepare taco meat, use 2 heaping tablespoons in place of a package of taco seasoning (cook approximately 1 lb. of beef, ground turkey, or chicken, add 1 cup of water with the seasoning, and simmer until the liquid is almost completely gone.)