My kids could eat tacos every night of the week and never tire of them.
Actually I probably could too.
Wrap anything in a tortilla and we are a happy little family!
I love taco dinners because they are easy, budget friendly, and you can play around with the contents. That means I can add spinach when I’m worried we are lacking in leafy greens, we can make homemade guacamole when avocados are on special, and I can add grated zucchini when we’ve grown way more than we could ever eat.
My kids like soft tortillas with their tacos, and lots of them, but those things are expensive, and there are lot of numbers in the ingredients list. The ingredients for store bought taco seasoning aren’t so crash hot either, but for a long time I thought it would be too difficult to make my own tortillas and that I’d never be able to get the same flavour with homemade taco seasoning. When I finally decided to have a go at making them I was kicking myself, because they are actually really easy.
Homemade Taco Seasoning.
I was sure my kids would turn up their noses at my first attempt at homemade taco seasoning, but they didn’t even notice, so I’ve been making it myself ever since.
The great thing about making your own taco seasoning is that you can make it the way you like it! There are lots of great recipes online, but over the years I’ve tweaked ours a little to add more of this or less that, to get it just the way we like it. So this is my basic, kid-friendly, recipe, it’s a good place to start but feel free to change it to suit your tastes.
- 2 tsp chili powder - more or less depending on how how you like it
- 3 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tsp ground cumin
- 3 tsp mixed herbs - Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil, Oregano, Sage.
- 3 tsp sweet paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp corn flour (corn starch)
- Mix well and store in a sealed container.
Soft Flour Tortillas
Making your own flour tortillas is a little more work than the taco seasoning, but it’s not diffcult. It takes a bit of time, but there is no yeast and no waiting to rise, just lots of rolling out little circles. If you happen to have a tortilla press then it’s even easier!
You need to eat these pretty soon after you cook them, but you can warm them a little in the oven or microwave if you cook them a little ahead of time. Unfortunately they don’t keep well, in fact mine go hard and rather like cardboard by the next day, but that’s ok, there’s never any left anyway!
- 4 cups of flour
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup of cold butter or olive oil.
- 1 – 1¼ cup water
- In the bowl of your food processor, with blade attached, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.
- If you are using butter cut it into small cubes and add it to the food processor.
- If you are using oil add it to the water before you add it to the dry ingredients.
- Give the food processor a quick pulse to combine the ingredients and cut up the butter even more, then add a little water and give it another quick pulse.
- Keep adding water and pulsing until the mixture begins to come together to form a dough, making sure you scrape down the sides as you go.
- Test the dough by giving it a good poke... you are looking for a firm springy dough, a little like pastry dough. Add more water if needed but be careful not to add too much.
- You can also mix by hand and knead well for a little while until you get a smooth pliable ball of dough.
- If you have time wrap the dough and pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Cooling it will make it easier to roll out.
- Divide the dough into around 12 balls, more or less, depending on how big you want your tortillas to be.
- On a well floured surface, roll the dough out into large circles, the thinner the better, and set aside.
- Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, once hot, pop a tortilla into the pan and cook till you see it start to bubble and puff up, then flip it over and cook the other side.
- Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp tea-towel to keep them nice and soft.
It’s funny how it seemed so difficult to make these two simple things from scratch, until I actually gave it a go.
I wonder what else I could be making from scratch?