Homemade Taco Seasoning

Fridays – don’t you just love them? Yeah, Saturdays are great, too, but by Saturday you’re already well into the weekend, whereas Friday is just on the edge of two whole days of freedom and fun. Friday is the anticipation and excitement you feel walking up to the gates at Disneyland for the first time, whereas Saturday is somewhere between your 4th and 5th ride, when you’re already well aware of how amazing Disneyland is, but there’s a little bit of sadness creeping in because you know you’re not going to have the same exciting lead up again. Well – not until the next Friday/trip to Disneyland.

 
Do you know how tough it is to photograph herbs and spices well?!
Maybe I’m over-analyzing. What am I saying? There’s no maybe about it! I think you can forgive me though because there are only 40 days left until my vacation in Paris (I’ve been counting down from 107!) – with 4 days at Disneyland thrown in for good measure – and I’ve just begun working on a super-exciting collaborative writing project which is like nothing I’ve ever even attempted before.
 
You can use it to make Chicken Taco Chili
So amongst all this Friday/vacation/writing excitement, I thought I’d try and calm myself down with a simple recipe – when all I’ve actually managed to do is get myself all rallied up thinking about holidays and fun projects and packing and croissants and Paris in the fall and Halloween and Christmas – it’s never too early for Christmas!
 
Or 30-Minute Pork Fajitas
 
Okay – deep breaths… This is my go-to taco seasoning recipe. It tastes so much better than the stuff out of a packet and works out cheaper in the long-run. The recipe below makes enough to season about 8-10 portions of meat/fish/vegetables, so you can easily adapt it to your needs.
 
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Ingredients
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
 
Recipe
This recipe must be the shortest I’ve ever written – mix everything together!
 
Use it to season or marinate meat and vegetables.
 
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or at room temperature.

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30-Minute Pork Fajitas

Quick and easy meals are the way forward. Who wants to spend hours in front of a stove when it is one million (and no, I won’t stop exaggerating!) degrees outside? I’d much rather throw dinner together in a few minutes and actually be able to enjoy these summer evenings – even if they are ridiculously hot.

30-Minute Pork Fajitas - a delicious family-friendly Mexican dinner recipe that is packed full of veggies and comes together in 30 mins! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

These 30-Minute Pork Fajitas tick all the boxes. They’re fast, require few ingredients and taste great! What more could you want for a weeknight meal?
 
30-Minute Pork Fajitas - a delicious family-friendly Mexican dinner recipe that is packed full of veggies and comes together in 30 mins! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com
 
I know I’ve moaned previously about the serious lack of Mexican ingredients here, taking into consideration that I live on a Spanish island, but I discovered something fantastic last week. Whilst wandering around the food aisles, I spotted an international section, with treats categorized into different countries.
 
30-Minute Pork Fajitas - a delicious family-friendly Mexican dinner recipe that is packed full of veggies and comes together in 30 mins! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com
 
Okay, some were a bit out – since when were fig bars from Germany and how long has Latin America specialised in coconut milk? – but the Mexican section was spot on. In addition to the common salsas and guacamoles, I found tomato tortillas and corn tortillas – which I’ve been wanting to try forever. So now I’ve got cupboards packed with tortillas, get ready for a blast of Mexican-inspired dishes!
 
30-Minute Pork Fajitas
Ingredients
1 pound pork, diced
3 tablespoons taco seasoning (see my favourite recipe below)
4 tortillas
½ onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1/3 cup sweet corn
1 large tomato, diced
1/3 cup cheese, grated
1/3 cup sour cream
My favourite taco seasoning
2 tablespoons chilli powder
3 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
 
Recipe
1. Mix the diced pork with the taco seasoning and leave to marinate for a few minutes.
 
2. Meanwhile heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and fry the onion and red pepper together for about 10 minutes over a medium heat. Add the sweet corn and tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
 
3. Add the pork and cook for a further 15 minutes – stirring regularly – or until the pork is cooked through. Whilst the pork is cooking, warm up the tortillas in the microwave or oven.
 
4. To assemble, spoon some of the pork mix into the centre of  the tortilla and top with sour cream and cheese.
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BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers

These BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers are the first veggie burgers I’ve ever eaten and I can’t believe they’ve been missing from my life for so long. They are so good that even my chickpea-despising and veggie-hating Official Treat Taster went for a second bite. Okay, so the burger was covered in so much sauce and cheese that he probably couldn’t taste the veggies or chickpeas, but that is beyond the point. The point is: these burgers are fantastic and you need to make them for lunch right now.

The original recipe calls for a food processor, but if you don’t have one (like me) don’t worry – you can still make these burgers. Instead of putting all the ingredients into a food processor, place them all into a large bowl and use a hand-held processor to mix everything together. This is what I did and it worked brilliantly. If you don’t have a hand-held processor, you could always try mashing the chickpeas with a potato masher and mix everything together with a spoon.


These burgers freeze really well. In fact, I have several mini-burgers wrapped in plastic and stored in my freezer for when I’m in desperate need of a snack, but want something healthier than whatever dessert I have in my fridge. I just grab a burger, blast it in the microwave for 4 minutes and devour my almost-instant, nutritious and tasty snack.
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5 from 1 vote

BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 cups chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese + more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce + more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 390F. Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions until softened.
  • Combine all the ingredients into the bowl of your food processor and mix until completely combined. Be careful not to over-mix - you don't want gloopy burgers, you want thick, chunky burgers packed with texture. Form the mixture into 6 burgers.
  • Lay the burgers on a baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden on the outside.

Notes

Recipe adapted from How Sweet it is

Chicken Taco Chilli

Chilli is a great dish to enjoy on cold winter evenings. I came up with this recipe in an attempt to find a type of chilli that I enjoy. I love the idea of succulent beef chunks in a rich, spicy tomato sauce, but when it arrives on the table, I’m always disappointed. I’m not sure if that says more about my fussiness or my cooking!
This chicken taco chilli recipe is a great Mexican take on a traditional classic. The additional ingredients really take this dish to a whole other level that I feel regular chilli recipes really lack.
I can’t wait until the clocks go forward! These pictures were taken using the mother-in-law’s daylight lamp and just seem to give the photos a hint of blue. Bring on summer!
 
Ingredients
1 chicken breast
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
1/2 red pepper
1/2 cup kidney beans
3tbsp sweet corn
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2tbsp tomato paste
3tbsp taco seasoning (I used this recipe for home-made taco seasoning – it’s my favourite!)
Recipe
1. Place the chicken in a saucepan and add enough water to just cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer and cook for between 20-30 minutes. When fully cooked, drain the water and shred the chicken with two forks.
2. Chop the onion, garlic and red pepper and fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the kidney beans, sweetcorn, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Let simmer for another 10 minutes.
3. Add the shredded chicken and cook for a final 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

The Best Ever Canarian Potatoes Recipe

Papas arrugadas is a hugely popular dish in the Canaries served with the mouthwateringly-good red and green mojo sauces. And a small pot of creamy aioli, if you’re lucky. Whether you eat them on their own with the previously mentioned sauces or use them as a crowd-pleasing side dish to go with something awesome like Adeje chicken, everyone loves Canarian potatoes. And when you find our just how quick, easy and cheap they are to make at home – you’ll be eating them at every meal!

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