i mentioned that i pretty much stopped using pre-packaged seasoning mix when i gave you my ranch seasoning/dressing recipe. there are multiple reasons for this, but the added and very beneficial "side effect" is that i was able to tailor a seasoning mix exactly to our tastes. since i am on the "the spicier the better" side and anthony is on the "i'll drink milk with this medium salsa" side, that's trickier than you might think ;-) but i've found a blend that doesn't set his taste buds on fire and mine are happy with.
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried cilantro
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
and here are two very simple ways to enjoy it!
(basically a healthier & homemade version of hamburger helper)
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
salsa verde (i prefer herdez)
brown meat with taco seasoning while cooking macaroni noodles according to package directions. after draining both noodles and beef, build your bowls. ladle in noodles, top with beef, and add salsa verde and ranch to taste. it's a very simple weeknight meal that takes all of 15 minutes to prepare.
i wouldn't entertain with it, but hey. some days you need a 15 minute meal.
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning
salsa (we used a fire roasted chipotle from whole foods)
cheese (i used the fiesta blend also from whole foods and fresh mozzarella)
cherry tomatoes, green onions, black olives, etc to top with
(this recipe would also be great with fresh corn, black beans, etc!)
top with cheese
brown meat with taco seasoning
top the salsa and cheese with the ground beef
add other toppings (apparently the night i took pictures i stopped here)
bake at 350゜for 15-20 minutes. enjoy!