I’ll admit, I love Taco Bell. I know it isn’t good for you and it is especially bad for us Celiacs, but I miss it, I can’t help it. One of the things I miss most is their Fire Sauce. Oooohh boy! My dude and I love spicy foods, but the kid and the old man aren’t too fond, so when I make tacos, I always make a spicy version and a normal version. This recipe is for my spicy version, because #TacoTuesday wouldn’t be half as good without it.
Since I’ve been making this for us, we haven’t had a Homer Simpson reaction to a Taco Bell commercial since, no lie. You know the reaction, eyes glazed, mouth hanging open with a little drool around the edges? Yeah, you know it, tell the truth. It’s even harder to see the commercials showing their newest creations and still to this day, I make my french fries the Taco Bell way, and if you know what that means, you are in this boat right along with me, huh?
I’ve seen a few recipes floating around on the web for taco seasoning, but never tried any of them until I saw Alton Brown’s Taco Potion #19. Oh my goodness but I just love Alton, he is seriously the Bill Nye of food and I love it when he drops science on his Good Eats show, and I learn something every episode. When I saw his taco episode, I got on Google and found his recipe, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients that night so I mixed it up a little here and there and the result is a beautifully spicy creation, if I must say so myself …and I do. I was also out of cornstarch that night but since I have to make homemade gluten free flour tortillas (because since I learned how to do so, I won’t go out and buy them) simmering for that half an hour or so thickens it up nicely for me, but you may want to add some cornstarch and thicken it quicker. Whatever works for you is what I say.
Enjoy this adaptation!
1 TBS chili powder
1 TBS ground chili peppers
1 TBS ground cumin
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Mix everything together and store in air tight container for about up to a month
When ready to use, brown ground beef and drain
Add mixture to beef with 1 cup of water and simmer for about 20 minutes or so.
If you would like to thicken it quicker, add 2 tsp of cornstarch to the mix.