Everyone needs a “go to” meal… and, unless you’re one of those
wierdos people who doesn’t enjoy any variety (I heard Dr. Oz is one. Or did I totally make that up?), you should have a few of them. And if you’re a fan of Chipotle or Moe’s… you are going to love this!
A “go to” meal is one that you can prepare quickly and adapt to the ingredients that you have on hand. Well, for me, taco(less) bowls are that meal. Why do I call it taco (less)? Because my family doesn’t eat grains, remember? And taco shells and tortillas are grains. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, but are curious, see here and here.
So, what do you need to have on hand? Some kind of meat; some vegetables; taco seasoning (recipe included); and salsa. Doesn’t get any easier than that!
This is how I generally prepare it. I saute onions, peppers, zucchini and spinach. Then I add ground beef, chicken, or pork along with several tablespoons of seasoning. (But the beauty of this “recipe” is that you can customize it to your own preferences and ingredients.) We put the meat and vegetable mixture in a bowl (or on top of a bed of lettuce) and top with salsa, sour cream, and avocado. I also like to add black olives, cucumbers and fresh cilantro. Sometimes I make an individual bowl for everyone and other times I serve it family style.
You need to make this seasoning mix and have it on hand. I make it in a fairly large quantity and store it in a pint sized mason jar. You should totally make this right now. Well, okay, you can finish reading first… but then get busy!
- 3/4 cup chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp. oregano
- 2 Tbsp. paprika
- 1/4 cup and 2 Tbsp. cumin
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup black pepper
Seasoning adapted from this recipe.