One of the things that you don’t think about or express when you have an intolerance or are allergic to gluten and dairy is that most of the popular and easy seasoning options you have used before you may not get to use anymore. I learned that the hard way pretty early on when I was diagnosed two years ago.
BTW..I’m getting uber distracted typing this post because I’m watching Fixer Upper and it’s the recent episode with Max Lucado’s daughter and son-in-law on it. I can’t get over how cool the house looks and the kitchen is just disgusting (of course in a good way)!
As some of you know, over the years I have certainly taken a few love language tests and have therefore created a sixth love language that I believe is a great addition to the group and that is mexican food. Mexican food is one of my love languages and I’m pretty sure a lot of other people will take that on as well. I mean I know that acts of service, physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, and gifts are great options but mexican food comes in sweeping up the next option perfectly.
When I started cooking things that I could now eat, tacos were something that I knew would be easy. However, I never suspected that the spices would come back to bite me. Once you start reading labels, you realize that in a lot of the pre-made seasoning packets that you can use for lots of things whether they be tacos, chili, pot roast, etc. most of them contain gluten or dairy. Not all of them, but a good number do so I just stay away from them! And you are also staying away from all of the added preservatives and sodium that comes in most of those packets. So it’s a win win to stop using those packets!
I started doing some research to figure out a way to make taco seasoning to use when I needed it. You could also use this as a Chili seasoning, however I have a different regimen I follow for that that has cinnamon in it, so I will have to share that soon! This is a simple seasoning blend that you could blend together and use as much of it as you wanted (even all of it) and then 1/2 cup of water to your meat. Then you are good to go!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika (sometimes I use smoked paprika for a good smokey flavor)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt (depends on your preference of saltiness)
1 tsp black pepper
1. In small bowl, mix all the spices together.
2. Store in an airtight container
3. Use 2-3 tbsp and 1/2 cup of water with meat.
You can use as much or as little when you’re making your meat for tacos. Totally up to you. For the airtight container, I use an old spice bottle that I cleaned out and removed the old label from. You could also use a small mason jar. Especially if you doubled the recipe to be able to store some for a while, which would be super easy to do!
Good luck and happy cooking!