Just a few months ago, cumin recalls swept the nation. Each day my inbox was filled with the news of more products being recalled due to cumin that had been accidentally cross-contaminated with peanut flour. EEK! To make matters worse, the contaminated cumin wasn’t caught until it had been used in other mixes and foods. The long list of recalls brought about a growing concern for the food allergy community. I stopped purchasing anything that listed cumin in the ingredients. I didn’t want to take the chance that consuming a particular product could possibly send my son into anaphylactic shock. So we just avoided all of it. Can you relate?
But what about taco night? My little men love taco night!! How could we have tacos without the taco seasoning?? Well, I did what any mom would do – I set out to create my own mix. Once I finally landed on a recipe that wasn’t too spicy, I began using it to make tacos, taco soup, chicken tortilla soup, etc. My entire family immediately fell in love with the mix. If you’ve read taco seasoning packages in your local supermarket, then you know that many mixes contain chemicals. YUCK! No one needs that! Outside of the fact that my family loved my homemade mix, it didn’t contain any chemicals! WIN-WIN!
This mix contains seven simple ingredients, all of which you probably have in your pantry.
*If you are out of cumin and don’t know what to buy – check out this great article from Allergic Living Magazine. They contacted several spice companies and they shared their findings.
- 1 TBS. + 1 Tsp. Chili Powder
- 1 TBS Paprika
- 1 TBS Cumin
- 2 Tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
- 1½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
- Dash of Cayenne Pepper
- Mix all spices together and store in an air-tight container. (Makes about 6TBS)
- When adding to 1 lbs. strained ground beef, add 2-3 TBS taco seasoning with ½ cup water. Stir to coat.
- Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Be sure to read all of your labels. I have found many spices and other products (i.e. garlic powder) that include additional ingredients like soy.
Known Allergy Information (containing the major 8): None
**Disclaimer: Please note that every child’s sensitivity to their given allergen(s) varies. Some of the items that I use do contain “natural flavoring” and “spices” which is hard to determine if it is 100% allergy free. You should always check with the manufacturer to confirm that your child can have their product(s). The products that I list are items that I’ve been using for awhile and have proven to be safe for my boys (their allergies are dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame).**
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