Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Taco Seasoning and Things

If you ever have leftover rice to use up, it's great tossed into a veggie stir-fry.  That was dinner on Sunday evening

Last week I made a bunch of snacks to take to work, as it was my week to bring snacks.  Christopher was sad to see all the goodies leave the house, and he wondered where his snacks were ...

So last night I made him cookies.  Soft, moist, oatmeal cookies.

Should last him a day or two ...

Dinner last night was a meal we hadn't had in a long time - haystacks!

Haystacks start with a layer of hot cooked rice.  Then you top the rice with taco fillings.  I usually start with cheese, and then the taco beef (which will melt the cheese), and then after that things like: black olives, green chilies, cilantro, crunched up tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream ...

I don't like to use packaged taco seasoning, so I made my own.

Taco Seasoning (for beef)

1 1/2 T cumin
1 T chipotle chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
1/3 tsp oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper

I cooked some onions in olive oil first, until translucent.  I then added the beef, and cooked that on medium, adding half of the seasoning mixture.  Then I added about 1/4 cup of water, and cooked the meat the rest of the way through, and then added the rest of the seasoning.  I put a splash or two more water in, and heated it through.

What is your favourite taco-like dish?
What do you do with leftover rice?

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum! Those taco haystacks looks so good. I love pretty much any taco-related dish, but I especially love taco salads and layered taco dip. Yum.

I feel like I rarely have leftover rice! I usually just make enough for the # of servings of whatever I'm topping it with. Last night I made beans and rice and was actually wishing I had made more rice because I had to kind of go light on the rice when I packaged up my leftovers. If I do have leftover rice, though, I like to just reheat it and eat it plain.