Taco Seasoning Recipe





Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade taco seasoning is easier to make than you might think. With just a few simple ingredients {ones you likely already have in your pantry} you can have yourself a healthy, homemade Mexican fiesta in no time.

Tacos, enchilada’s, quesadilla’s, and Mexican salad – we love Mexican food here.

Taco’s are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make – I have also found them to be amongst my favorite entertaining foods. You can make most everything ahead of time leaving little to do while your guests are over. The make ahead pre-guest prep allows for less kitchen fuss and more time visiting with friends, family, or neighbors. Why can’t every meal be as easy as tacos?

So, without further ado – here is the recipe we use at My Happy Homestead

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning DIY

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 taco meal

Taco Seasoning DIY

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a medium sized bowl - combine {whisk or use a fork to blend}. Store in an airtight container or in a *mini-ziplock bag {pre-measured for future use}.
  2. *this is what we do..you can then store the pre-measured bags in one larger ziplock/container to retain freshness.
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The only thing better than taco’s is a “walking taco” for lunch – quick, easy, and minimal mess!

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Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe





Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Stress no more.. here is a Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe that will have your family asking for more.

Whether you are new to the gluten free world or been around for awhile like myself {5 years and counting for our family} – you likely have discovered one thing along the way; ‘things just don’t taste the same.’

Gluten free breads can often times be dry {to the point of choking..}, spongy, or so incredibly heavy you could surely use them to anchor a boat.

 

Quick and Easy Gluten FreeBanana Bread Recipe

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

This recipe is actually so easy I recently made it with our two youngest sons for our weekly wednesday ‘kids in the kitchen’ time. We are always looking for hands on learning opportunities  and what better place to do that than in the kitchen?

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Loaves

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (also can use dairy free option)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mashed Ripe Banana's (approx 3-4)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk, Buttermilk, or Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 Tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1 Cup chopped nuts {optional}

Instructions

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 Degrees. Grease bottoms and sides of 2 loaf pans {8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches}
  2. Mix Sugar and Butter in Large Bowl. Stir in Eggs, until well blended. Add bananas, milk, and vanilla; beat until smooth and well combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until moist {do not over mix}. Using a wooden spoon or spatula fold in nuts if desired.
  3. Divide batter amongst pans evenly.
  4. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Insert toothpick in center to see that it is cooked through.
  5. Let cool completely before serving. {approximately 2 hours}
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days or wrap and freeze for later use.
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Homestead Crock Pot Whole Chicken and Overnight Chicken Stock Recipe




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Homestead Crock-pot Whole Chicken and Overnight Chicken Stock Recipe

Over Night Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

I have certainly tried my share of chicken recipes over the years and this one seriously does not get any easier. Especially when using the bones from the “Homestead Crockpot Whole Chicken” (see below) -once all the meat is removed leave all other remains in the crock pot (skin, bones, juices, absolutely everything). Our crockpot is nothing fancy it very similar to this.



 

Add the following;

 

2 stalks of celery

 

1 peeled and loosely chopped onion

 

1 carrot roughly chopped

 

2 bay leafs,

 

A dash of thyme and rosemary

Fill the crock pot with water covering all bones, skins, and veggies (leaving approximately 1/2-1 inch from the top of the crockpot). Put the crockpot on low (cooking 8-10 hours) overnight. In the morning  using a soup ladle or slotted spoon scoop out and discard all the bones, cooked veggies, etc. Once only the broth remains I like to place it in the fridge for a day so that the fat solidifies on top. Skim the fat, discard, and sieve to catch any remaining herbs and skin.

Using a liquid measuring cup, and a freezer zip lock bag- freeze in 2-3 C. portions for future use. I like to freeze the bags flat to make the best use of our freezer space. Ice Cube trays are perfect for freezing small cubes of stock for those “just need a bit” moments.

Homestead Crockpot Whole Chicken Recipe

Ingredients;

2 T Minced Garlic

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper

1/2 Tsp. Rosemary

1 Onion

1 Lemon

1/4 C. of Water

1 Large Chicken

Instructions;

  • Combine all of the dried spices in a bowl.
  • Add water and roughly chopped onion in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Prepare chicken; remove the giblets. Place chicken in crockpot (on top of the onions) and squeeze lemon juice on top. Throw the lemon in the bottom of the crockpot once finished.
  • Gently rub chicken with minced garlic and the dried spices until evenly coated. Using a kitchen glove you can loosen the skin of the chicken for easy seasoning of the meat.
  • Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours (based on a 3-4 lb chicken) cook until internal temperature is 160+, juices run clear- or if your like me when the meat is falling off the bone.
  • Let rest 5-10 minutes and serve. Leave bones, skin, onion, and lemon in the crock pot for a yummy overnight chicken stock (see above)

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