Taco Seasoning (Recipe)
This week we're celebrating Ground Beef with a recipe for one of our year-round staple family meals - TACOS! We especially enjoy tacos this time of year when fresh, local lettuce and tomatoes can play leading roles along with the ground beef. Actually, in the summer we tend to mix up our weekly (yes, really!) taco routine by changing it into taco salad. Yum!
Any night could be Taco Night if you have ground beef (and/or pork) on hand. Our family favorite is a 50:50 mix of ground beef and pork. The combination is so flavorful and juicy! We like serving tacos for visitors, too, because everyone gets to choose their own toppings and accounting for different dietary needs is a breeze!
It only takes a few minutes to brown the meat in a pan and add in a few spices. So make a nice big batch of seasoned taco meat and you're ready for another easy dinner later in the week. Think nachos, or tostados, or chili bean dip, or taco salad or...
And, if you really don't think tacos and taco salad are two entirely different meals (I won't judge), the leftover meat freezes well and you're ready for the next taco night ;) Just make sure you have ground beef on hand!
And you don't need a taco seasoning packet! Try this simple seasoning recipe instead.
Seasoned Taco Meat
1 lb ground beef or ground pork or a combination (farm favorite!)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlilc powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Brown the ground meat in a frying pan. To keep the meat from sticking, pre-heat the pan on medium and then swirl in a small amount of oil before adding the meat. Break the meat up as it cooks. Add in the seasonings, stirring well. Put on a lid and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Depending on how you are serving it, you may or may not want to drain the juices. They contain a lot of flavor so keep them if you can!