Thursday, June 25, 2009
Taco Seasoning & Turkey, Corn and Black Bean Nachos
Summer is here and school is out! Terry and I teach summer school every year, but when art wasn't offered this summer due to budget cuts we both decided to take a well deserved break. Sorry that I haven't posted in so long but all of that is about to change with all of my new found free time. This summer is going to be all about home projects, painting, playing with puppies and cooking. As I have mentioned many times before we love avacados around here, especially in the form of Terry's guacamole. I decided to try something new and remembered an old Cooking Light thread dedicated to Taco Seasoning mixtures. We tried the one from Allrecipes.com posted by Lindrusso and it was a hit. We used it to make Turkey, Corn and Black Bean Nachos.
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
Turkey, Corn and Black Bean Nachos
1 Pound Turkey
1 batch Allrecipes.com's Taco Seasoning
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1 bag reduced fat corn chips
1 to 2 cups 2% Mexican cheese blend
Any additional toppings that you desire (lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa, guacamole, sour cream etc.)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Brown turkey and drain any excess liquid. Add taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water to the browned turkey. Stir, bring to a boil and reduce heat. Add corn and black beans to the turkey mixture and stir until heated through.
Meanwhile, cover a baking sheet with tin foil and then spread out the desired amount of corn chips in a even layer onto the baking sheet.
Spoon the turkey mixture over the chips and top with cheese.
Bake for 8 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Remove from oven and serve immediately with desired sides.
Prepackaged taco seasoning is now a thing of the past in our house. Making it myself was easy, and I really like that I can control the sodium level. Allrecipes.com's Taco Seasoning was excellent used in my Turkey, Corn and Black Bean Nachos. The flavors of the spices blended beautifully together and the addition of the corn and black beans enhanced the texture of the dish. The corn gave the meat mixture a crunch while the beans created a creaminess that was wonderful. Terry topped his nachos with the guacamole he made, some diced onions and fresh salsa. I went all out and used the same toppings that Terry chose, as well as lettuce, tomato and sour cream. We used a little over half of the meat mixture, which means we will be making grilled burritos with the leftovers tomorrow for lunch, I can't wait!!