It is great to have your own spice mixes made up for ease of use. The store bought packets are handy, but are overpriced and contain lots of gross filler...and salt...and sugar. You can use already ground spices and mix them together if you don't have a spice grinder. The flavors are cleaner when you grind your own, so consider it. NOTE: Do NOT put the entire recipe for the spice mix in one batch of taco meat. My sister in law made this mistake and boy, did it have some kicked up flavor. It is intended to make things easier on you so it is all ready to use the next time. Use this mixture in taco's, burritos, on salads, nachos, or cold as a snack like my kids do--weirdos. Great in corn or flour tortillas.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, grated
3 garlic cloves, pressed
3 tablespoons homemade seasoning*
½ lb. extra lean ground meat
2 cups cooked beans
2/3 cup corn
1 cup cooked red quinoa
1 cup cooked millet
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons sucanat
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste
Sautee onion and pepper in olive oil. Add zucchini, garlic and spices, cook for 1 minute. Add meat and brown. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer about 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
½ cup fiesta chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon whole coriander
2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
½ teaspoon black pepper
Grind all spices except the fiesta chili powder in a spice grinder, mix thoroughly.
Now, looking for a great salsa recipe?
This post is part of Kitchen Stewardship's October Fest Carnival of Super Foods.