My absolute favorite night of the work week is Taco Tuesday because I LOVE anything Mexican. We always make some sort of Mexican dish using any meat (chicken, turkey, pork, beef, or fish), Mexican spices (especially chili powder and cumin), fresh vegetables, and I either pair with tortillas, sweet potatoes, rice, or quinoa with our favorite toppings.
A few years ago I stopped buying the Taco Seasoning Packets and started making my own when I found a recipe on Pinterest. The seasoning packs are easy and convenient, but not the healthiest way to spice up your meals because they contain added preservatives and are high in sodium. Here is the original recipe from Allrecipes.com. I multiply the recipe by four and store in a mason jar and it lasts me over a month. So here is the same recipe quadrupled:
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon black pepper
- In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. To season foods add 1 tablespoon of seasoning plus ⅓ cup of water and stir.
Here is last week’s Taco Tuesday Meal, Turkey Taco Bowls:
I chopped up one red pell pepper, about half of a yellow onion, two cloves of garlic, and one jalapeño (we like things spicy so I leave the seeds in, you can always scrape them out).
I heated about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan then added the veggies and sautéed them for a few minutes. Sometimes I will add one can of black beans and/or yellow corn rinsed and drained (I just didn’t have them in the pantry last week).
Then I added a little over one pound of Lean Ground Turkey and cooked until the turkey was barely pink before adding 1 heaping tablespoon of the home made taco seasoning. I also add about 1/3 cup of water with the seasoning. After you stir everything together if the mixture is too runny you could always add a few teaspoons of flour or cornstarch.
Once everything is mixed together I served with our favorite sides and toppings! My husband likes brown rice, lettuce, cheese, and hot sauce. I like quinoa, lettuce, cheese, and avocado. And I always serve blue corn chips with Taco Tuesday. We like the Simply Balanced Organic Blue Corn Chips with Flax found at Target.
Making every Tuesday a Mexican meal definitely helps with my weekly meal planning. Enjoy the recipes and let me know what your favorite Taco Tuesday meal is!