My kids are always excited about taco night: the simple act of getting stuck in at the table and preparing their own meal makes them feel big and important. Years ago I would have used a packet of taco seasoning but these days I make my own. It is guaranteed to transform an average piece of protein (minced beef, chicken, fish, tofu, pork — whatever floats your boat) into a tasty Tex-Mex taco. Making your own seasoning means you skip the starch and colouring that you get in the boxed versions. And, even accounting for time spent rummaging in your spice rack, I promise it will not take any longer than two minutes to make. ¡Te lo prometo!
So, here's the recipe for the Taco Seasoning and this is enough for 1lb of meat:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder
Pinch of sea salt
Mix the ingredients in a bowl then rub on chicken breast, fish or tofu before cooking or sprinkle over ground beef while browning.
Chicken Taco Recipe – for 4
1lb of chicken breast or tenders, seasoned with the above, and cut into strips
1 red pepper in thin strips 1 tbs of olive oil or coconut oil
8 tacos or tortillas
1 avocado chopped
Chopped tomato with a splash of olive oil and chopped coriander
Rub the chicken with your seasoning and cut into strips. Heat a skillet and the oil. I've recently started using refined coconut oil to fry in as it can withstand higher temperatures than olive oil and is healthier than canola, vegetable and sunflower oils. If you buy the unrefined stuff it has a really subtle flavour that has a faint hint of coconut. Fry the peppers and chicken for about 10 minutes: it is done when the chicken is golden brown and the peppers have softened. Put in a serving bowl and keep warm while you heat the tacos and/or tortillas.
Serve with bowls of toppings such as grated cheese, chopped tomato, jalapeno peppers (the mild ones were popular with my five year olds), chopped avocado or guacamole. Eat and watch with wonder as your kids make their own colourful, edible creations and feel proud of themselves for doing so!