Today was one of those days. I could go on for pages telling you the woe’s of my day the temper tantrums I dealt with, flailing of the arms and legs , screaming, cuddling and rocking that was done to keep one safe from harm. Not sure what was so hard about today, except that we had to clean and the weather outside was yucky. The wind was shaking the house and the rain kept her from her plans to have an airsoft war with her brother. I guess all of that was enough to throw us into a tailspin. So, what do you do when the you know what hits the fan? You make Forts. That’s right you make tents and cozy forts so that your child can have a safe hideaway, somewhere small and cozy and just her size to keep her safe from all the scary sounding wind. THen you clean around her doing her room so that you can get it done. When she needs a moment you rock her and sing and then you put her back in the fort for some quiet time. Bathrooms can wait another day! My little girl needed a Fort Day! ( Now you know why nothing ever gets done here LOL!)
What do you do for dinner when you spend your day making forts… TACOS! I can always rely on tacos when my little YIN is stressed. It is one meal that she loves and will not fight me on eating. Forts and Taco’s life does not get much better than that. :
Taco seasoning mix
2 Tbs Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp garlic powered
1/2 Tsp onion Powder
1/2 Tsp of Mexican Oregano ( reg oregano is fine)
1/4 tsp dried cilantro leaves
1/4 Tsp of chipolte powder ( no chipolte red peppers flakes work well just miss the smokey flavor)
1 Tsp of paprika
3 Tsp of ground Cumin
1 Tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of ground grains of paradise ( or black pepper)
2 lbs of ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey
8 0z of tomato sauce
Cook your meat drain set aside ( You can do the meat in a crock pot and use a potato masher to break up the meat when you get home. Make sure you drain off all fat or it will be very greasy before adding the seasoning and tomato.) .
Put all the dry ingredients in a bullet/blender and mix well. This makes enough for two batches of meat. I like my taco meat to be well seasoned so you might want to use half and then add more if you need it. Sprinkle the meat with seasoning and mix until all is well coated and you can start to smell the aroma of the spices being released from the heat. THen add the tomato sauce. Stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes until the tomato sauce picks up the taco seasoning and is well blended.
I like using tomato sauce instead of water because it makes it nice and thick. Most commercial brands have dried tomatoes in their packets and use cornstarch to thicken. I find that the tomato sauce does the job and add a nice rich homemade flavor. Once you’ve made this you will never go back to pre packaged seasoning mix again :).
I hope you enjoy!