I've mentioned before that I love to make dinners that can be customized to suit everyone in my family. Taco night is one event that works really well, as I can put a ton of options out there and we can pick and choose what works for us.
The caveman and I enjoyed big taco salads, while the boy and girl munched happily away on their organic crispy corn shells. Although I prefer to make tacos with ground beef, the stores are still affected by Irene around these parts (and none was to be had yesterday at Trader Joes!)
Instead I cooked up some ground turkey, which still stayed moist thanks to my homemade taco seasoning. If you're going to make your own seasoning blend I highly recommend having an arsenal of high-quality spices at your disposal. I'm a huge fan of Penzey's Spices mail order. They offer quick and reasonable shipping, and almost always include free samples. If you sign up for their catalogs they often include very generous coupons as well!
HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING
1 tbs chili powder (I use Penzey's Chili 3000)
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs onion powder (can used minced onion)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
a dash of cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients with a cup of water, stirring to mix well. Brown protein of choice in a skillet, then add taco seasoning mixture. Cook until the moisture evaporates, stirring frequently. I topped my ground turkey with some minced cilantro to add color and flavor.
I put out the following taco toppings: chopped yellow pepper, fresh salsa, avocado slices, lettuce, jalapeno slices, diced red onion, black olives and sharp cheddar (mostly for the kids but I did sneak a spoonful!)