May 1, 2016

Taco Seasoning and Dip

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Taco Seasoning And Dip

I used to buy occasionally the 7 layer taco dip from the stores but the flavor of untoasted cumin seeds always made me gag so I stopped buying. After several years of not eating anything Tex Mex [except chili], I suddenly had the munchies for taco dip. First I had to make taco seasoning then cooked a small bag of beans for the refried beans layer; recipe for both are below. It's a tedious process but well worth it. The toasted cumin seeds make the difference in the flavor of any dish you use it in.

Taco Seasoning And Dip

Layered Taco Dip

Taco Seasoning And Dip

In a shallow glass container layer in this order
2 cups of refried beans, recipe below
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese or sharp Cheddar cheese
8 ounces sour cream
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese or sharp Cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado, scraped and sprinkled with juice of half a lime
½ cup chopped green bell or jalapeño pepper
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 spring onions, sliced
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Taco Seasoning And Dip
great with vegetable crisps

Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon sweet or hot smoked pimentón
½ tablespoon cayenne powder, more or less to taste
1 tablespoon toasted cumin powder (toast whole cumin then grind in a coffee grinder)
1 teaspoon finely crumbled Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Whisk together ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer into a spice jar.
Taco Seasoning

Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)
adapted from Mexican Cooking (I've had this book since early 1980 and it has been one of my go to book for Tex-Mex recipes)

2 tablespoons bacon fat or butter
1 onion,chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons taco seasoning
1 tablespoon tomato paste or ½ cup grated skinned tomatoes
2 cups mashed cooked red or pinto beans (canned is okay)
2 tablespoons bean cooking liquid
1½ teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
½ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese, optional
  • In a skillet, heat lard or butter. Saute onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent. Add taco seasoning and saute for 1 minute. Add the rest of ingredients except cheese. Let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, adding bean cooking liquid if the mixture appears dry. Stir in cheese, if using. 

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