This is a simple recipe for homemade taco seasoning which is always nice to have on hand, especially when you have had a busy day and it calls for taco night. I always add black beans to taco meat because it adds protein and stretches the meal so it leaves me with leftovers for tomorrow. 

Adapted slightly from Alton Brown
Serves 4

1 lb Ground Sirloin or Ground Buffalo (organic & grass-fed)
2/3 cup beef broth or water
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
corn on the cob, cooked and cut off
cheddar cheese, shredded
avocado, cubed
mixed greens
tomato, chopped
onion, chopped
cilantro, chopped
salsa (optional)

Taco Seasoning:
1 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Note: Make sure you use kosher salt, if you use regular table salt use less. If you want more flavor double the taco seasoning mix.

Mix your dry spice taco seasoning ingredients.

Saute the meat in a pan over medium high, break up the meat into small pieces and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain the meat in a colander and rinse with water. Put back into the pan and add the beef broth or water and the taco seasoning. Stir and bring to a simmer over low heat. Keep skillet uncovered and stir frequently to break up the meat completely. Simmer until the liquid has reduced and thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Add the black beans to the meat.

Assemble your salad and enjoy! 

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future" – Robert Heinlein

We had an excellent historical learning experience thanks to the Commemorative Air Force.

P-51D Mustang- One of the best and well-known fighters during WWII....

B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" - The B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber. They were used extensively in WWII and were retired in 1945.

Inside the cockpit...

The machine gun in the nose turret...

Inside the B-24...looking back towards where the Tail Gunner would be...

B-29A Superfortress "FiFi"- one of the few surviving in existence and the the only one flying today. A lucky and rare sighting of this B-29 was discovered in the 70's at the US Navy Proving Ground in California; being used as a missile target. She was rescued and restored for $3 million.
Inside the Bomb Bay. Four bombs on each side. There is a tunnel overhead that runs from the forward compartment to back.
The Communication Tunnel above the Bomb Bay...
Forward Pressurized Compartment...Bombardier's seat is all the way up front, Pilot on left, Co-Pilot on right and Navigator's seat on back left.

Flare gun next to the Navigator's seat...different colors were used to communicate so Japanese couldn't decipher radio transmissions...

Outside and inside the ground tents...

 Such a cool experience...



Sue-Ann said...

The salad looks so pretty and rich

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