Tidbit Thursday – Taco Seasoning

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.

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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.

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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?

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