Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Migraine Safe Meal: Burritos with Homemade Taco Seasoning

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When you start to read food package labels to avoid ingredients that tend to cause your migraine attacks, you notice how prevalent things like MSG are. Even when not called by that name. You can read more about food triggers, labeling and identifying other terms used for MSG on labels at this blog post I recently wrote for Migraine Triggers: Food Triggers & Elimination Diets.

Ground beef tacos, enchiladas or burritos seem to appear on our dinner menu at least once a week. They're just so easy and tasty! In an effort to avoid the hidden MSG (and other unpronounceable ingredients) in most taco seasoning packets, I've started making my own mix. It's also much, much cheaper. Keep reading for the taco seasoning recipe and the recipe for my delicious, yet oh so Easy Peasy Beef & Bean Burritos.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
(download recipe in PDF)

For one pound ground beef (or chicken):

1/2 T cornstarch
1 T chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp paprika

Easy Peasy Beef & Bean Burritos
(download recipe in PDF)

    2 pounds ground beef
    1 medium onion, diced
    19 ounce can enchilada sauce
    homemade taco seasoning (doubled)
    16 ounce can refried beans
    3 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese or Mexican blend
    10-12 large flour tortillas (I like Mission Carb Balance)
    Optional toppings: sour cream, cilantro, Southwestern Ranch Veggie Dip
        (find premade on produce aisle or purchase packet on salad
        dressing aisle), shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes

Saute the onion until translucent. Add ground beef and brown. Add homemade taco seasonings and stir to combine. Pour in about half the enchilada sauce and simmer over low heat.

Heat the refried beans in a microwave-safe container. Add 1 c. shredded cheese and stir until melted.

Heat the tortillas in the microwave for about one minute.

Spread about 1/8 c. of beans on each tortilla. Add about 1/4 c. ground beef mixture. Sprinkle on some shredded cheese. Or a lot. Fold over ends and roll up. Put two burritos on a microwave-safe plate for each person. Pour some of the remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle generously with more cheese. Microwave each plate for one minute. Add optional toppings of your choice & serve immediately.

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