Monday, February 6, 2012

Low Salt Vegan Taco Seasoning

It's becoming more common to see your dinner guests request gluten free, vegan, or a dairy allergy alternatives when dining at your home. Tacos are one of those meals that can be easily tailored to fit everyone's needs while keeping your preparation work to a minimum. I'm a firm believer in cooking one meal at dinner time, and when having dinner guests over, it's no different.
Now, you might think, tacos? Really? That's not an ingenious meal idea. Not necessarily, no. Yet, by serving the toppings in separate cute little dishes, the appeal factor will go sky high. In addition, your guests will be thrilled to have a heart healthy, satisfying meal regardless of their personal diet restrictions.

Creating and storing your own taco seasoning is one really great way to save on time for these sometimes last minute dinners, but it also creates that homemade goodness. Typically, the taco seasoning packets are loaded with sodium, milk products (used for a binder or to create creaminess), and hydrodgenated oils. Yuck! 

Low Salt but Full of Flavor Taco Seasoning

2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix the spices together and store in an air tight container until ready to use.
About 2 heaping tablespoons equals a regular seasoning packet.

Note: This makes about 6 servings with 100mg sodium per serving compared to >500mg per serving in traditional packets.

1 comment:

  1. What spices would I combine for a Chili seasoning mix?