Thursday, April 30, 2009

Homemade Taco Seasoning

So I am one of those people who are allergic to a lot of pre-made items of convience we now have in our grocery stores. I am highly allergic to MSG ~~ monosodium glutamate. I have severe reactions like slurring of speech (that generally last for days), shaking and severe headache. So I really try to avoid it and can usually tell after a bite or two if it has gotten slipped in unbeknownst to me.

So I have started making my own seasonings and have found that they are much preferable over their grocery store, loaded with preservatives counterparts.

So here goes:

Dawn's Lovely Homemade Taco Seasoning:

1 TB chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black powder

Mix together and voila ~~ instant, yummeedeliciousgoodforyou, taco seasoning ~~ enjoy!!

Happy cooking,

Chicken Taco's ~~ Get-out-of-Town Good!!!

So I do love me some taco's and these are of the chicken variety and go GREAT with the Gauc ~~ oh be still my heart!!!

I got this recipe from "All Recipes" here on the Internet Super Highway. Don't you just love that site? If you haven't been, drive on over there and check it out ~~ so fun!!

Chicken Taco's (again revised Petrii style =)

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 can (8 oz ~~ the little guy) tomato sauce
1/4 -1/2 cup salsa (we like Pace Picante Medium)
1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning (I use homemade and it will follow)
1 tsp cumin (I leave this out if I use homemade, because it is in the homemade version)
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (again I leave this out, because it is in the homemade)

I cut chicken in half and place chicken and tomato sauce in medium pan over med heat. Bring to a boil then add salsa, seasoning, cumin (if using), garlic and chili powder (if using) and let simmer 15 minutes.

With a fork, pull chicken meat apart into this strips. Keep cooking covered another 5-10 minutes. You may have to add a bit of water if it starts to get to thick and dry.

When done, put chicken into a tortilla wrap along with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream if you so desire (because I so would) and the guac of course, and roll that baby up and enjoy.


Happy cooking,