Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning

Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s Tuesday which means only one thing… TACOS! Taco Tuesday! It’s my favorite dish, so it was a no-brainer that I was going to share my homemade taco seasoning recipe with you.

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Store bought seasoning packets are quick and easy, but once you’ve made your own blend — you won’t go back! This homemade taco seasoning is quick, easy, inexpensive, and packed with way more flavor than it’s store bought counterpart. I personally have a sensitivity to high sodium foods. This was a perfect way to still enjoy my favorite dish, but tailor the recipe to my dietary needs.

Why you should make your own taco seasoning vs buying store seasoning packets?

  1. You can adjust the seasoning to your own taste. Make it spicer, make it less salt. Play with the mixture until it’s perfect for you.
  2. Make larger or smaller quantities to fit your needs. I like making a lot at one time so I always have it on hand. It keeps for quite awhile as long as you keep it stored in an air tight container.
  3. Cut out all of the unhealthy additives, preservatives, and food coloring. Who needs all that extra junk? Not only is homemade better for you, it tastes better too!
  4. Get rid of all of that extra sodium. The homemade version has a lot less salt than it’s store counterpart. If you’re on a low sodium diet substitute regular salt with a low sodium alternative.

How to Make it:

To make this recipe even easier, the 8 ingredients are all equal parts. If you want to make an even bigger batch just make sure all eight parts measure out to be the same.

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1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp chili peper

1 tsp Sazon Goya

Measure out all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. Then taste and adjust the salt or spices as desired. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

More than just tacos!

This seasoning recipe is very versatile and can be used on so much more than taco meat. Here are a couple of great ideas:

  • Pan-roast some raw almonds with a tablespoon of  olive oil and a couple teaspoons of taco seasoning.
  • Grill marinate boneless/skinless chicken breasts with olive oil and a generous helping of taco seasoning.
  • Taco Dip! 8oz of sour cream, 8oz of room temp cream cheese, a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning. Blend until smooth and dip with your favorite tortilla chip. Yum!

 

House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows

House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows

One of my favorite décor addictions? Throw pillows. And why wouldn’t they be? Throw pillows are the easiest and most affordable way of changing the look of a room. Pillows can add a pop of needed color, combine interesting textures, develop layering, interest and even tie a complete room together. This fall, I’ve picked some of my favorite trending pillows. These aren’t pillows you’d generally expect for fall, but with this year’s autumnal color palate swaying toward cool blues and neutral grays, there are some surprising favorites. These picks will add a nice twist to your normal fall décor and help carry you right into Winter.

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  1. Cinderella Pumpkin Pillow
  2. Gray Cable Sweater Knit Pillow
  3. “The Snuggle is Real” Pillow
  4. Gray Floral Pillow
  5. White Goat Fur Pillow
  6. Light Gray Burlap Textured Pillow

How do you style throw pillows?

Sofa

Here are a couple tips for styling a sofa:

  1. Always start from the outside of the sofa and work your way inward.
  2. Stack smaller pillows in front of larger ones to add layering
  3. Limit the amount of patterns to prevent your arrangement from looking too busy
  4. Mix and match textures, colors and patterns staying within a color palette to create a cohesive and pleasant grouping
  5. An odd number of pillows is usually more visual appealing.
  6. To add even more interest add an odd shaped pillow (i.e. a round or bolster pillow) in the center of the grouping.

 

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble

Fall is creeping up on us quickly and I can’t help but have fall comfort food on my mind. Septembers in Wisconsin are the prime time for apple picking. Apple pie, homemade apple sauce, tarts, apple butter, you name it — with the abundance of apples on hand, the skies the limit! One of my all time favorite Fall recipes is Apple Crisp. It’s super easy to make and I usually always have the ingredients on hand in my pantry. Here is my favorite version of this recipe. It’s topped with a yummy oatmeal crumble. *mouthwatering*Enjoy!

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Ingredients

6 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup old-fashioned oat

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup cold butter

Apple Crisp Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Toss apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl to coat; pour into a 9-inch square baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl. Use a  fork to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; spread over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the crumble topping gently until distribued even.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 40 minutes.