I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for Taco Seasoning. Since I have yet to find the perfect recipe for my own version, I wholeheartedly lean on the store-bought packages. And when you love something like this, you find more ways to incorporate it into your life.
Much to my dismay, I quickly learned that my family could not, and would not, live on tacos five nights a week. After scrapping that plan, I began to brainstorm and came up with a couple of other ways to use this versatile little spice packet.
The first was to mix it with grated cheese. I love taco blend cheeses, and Goose loves anything spiced with jalapenos, but they can get a little pricey. Instead, I grate my own cheese, sprinkle it with taco seasoning, and proceed as usual. For a little less immediate punch and a more even distribution, shred up a bunch of cheese, place in a zip top bag, add taco seasoning to taste, and give it a shake. The mixture will keep in the fridge, for a week or more. The less you handle the cheese, the long it will last. Use the blend on nachos, burgers, tacos, and as a tasty variation in casseroles and pasta dishes.
Another place it works well is in my peanut noodles. It adds spice and depth without the bite that often accompanies pepper based sauces you might add. Shrimp fried in a little sesame oil then sprinkled with the taco seasoning add a surprising taste. You can also mix the spice into the peanut sauce before tossing it onto the noodles.
So, how about you? Do you have a favourite kitchen item that you just have to use for more than its intended purpose? What other ingenious ways have you found to incorporate it into more of your dishes?