Homemade Healthy Ranch Dressing

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I love making ranch dressing in the summer with fresh herbs from my garden but in Alaska we are zone 3 and our growing season is pitifully short. I don’t always get to use the fresh herbs that I want but that doesn’t slow us down on flavor around here.

This is the recipe I have developed using dried herbs and I am just as happy with it! In fact, my skeptical hubby even approves this one.  And believe me, I tried a LOT of other homemade ranch dressing recipes before he became a convert.

It couldn’t be simpler to throw together!

Start with equal amounts of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. (I make my own Greek yogurt) I do not have a blog post up for that just yet but hopefully will get that up for you shortly and I will update this post when I get it done.

Here’s the recipe

Healthy, Homemade Ranch Dressing


3/4 of a cup Greek yogurt

3/4 of a cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon mineral salt

1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon dried chives

2 to 3 tablespoons milk (Go easy on this- you don’t want to make it too runny and a little milk will go a long way.  This dressing is best when it’s made very thick.)

Mix all your ingredients in a mason jar and stir well.

Refrigerate before serving, preferably overnight.  It can be served right away but the longer the flavors have to soak the better.

Taco Night!

Being raised in Southwest Colorado (with Eastern New Mexico roots) I am a bit spoiled when it comes to Authentic Mexican cuisine.

We are a long way from the Southwest now, but living in the remote interior of Alaska certainly isn’t going to keep us from our favorite foods.

One of our family favorites is, of course, the beloved Taco.

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I LOVE TACOS…
I mean, who doesn’t right?

Whether its corn tortillas, flour tortillas or jicama shells; ground beef, pulled pork, chicken or steak; pico de gallo, pickled onions, Asian slaw or taco sauce; no matter what you put them in, fill them up or what you top them with, Tacos are just about the best food there is.

While I love to try all kinds of variations of Tacos, the original, basic version of ground beef (actually Moose or Caribou in our case) and a corn tortilla is still probably my favorite. It feeds hungry hubby’s and kiddos in a jiffy and keeps everyone happy.

Whenever we have taco night, it is always made with my Homemade Taco Seasoning and Taco sauce.

In honor of Taco Tuesday, I wanted to share these SUPER easy recipes that will ensure you can have Taco night ANY night (not only when you’ve been to the store to buy Taco Seasoning and Taco Sauce.)

If you want to get the scoop on how enjoy Taco Tuesday (or any day) without packaged, processed ingredients look no further than these 3 links.

Easy Taco Sauce from Scratch

DIY Taco Seasoning Blend

Homemade, Traditional Refried Beans

DIY Taco Seasoning Blend

Taco Seasoning

Okay folks, this post is a super short one, no time to muddle around with a long winded explanation or story.  If you don’t already know about my love affair with Tacos, or why the super short post here, you can read the rest of my Taco Sauce recipe post here.

For now, I’m going to get right to business and share my homemade Taco Seasoning Blend recipe.

There is NO REASON to be wasting your money on those packages of Taco Seasoning from the grocery store again.  Seriously folks, keep your money, avoid the MSG and other processed ingredients and lets get back to basics.

I keep a jar of this seasoning mix on hand at all times.  It makes dinner such a cinch and I never have to worry about running to the grocery store.

Its also great to have on hand for Taco Soup when I need a REALLY fast meal.

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So here you go.  Not much introduction or instruction needed.

Taco Seasoning Blend

  • 2 Tbl Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbl Garlic Powder or Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbl Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried pregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder or other thickener (cornstarch, flour, etc.)

 

 

Easy Taco Sauce from Scratch

We eat a LOT of tacos. It is probably a weekly or at the very least, a bi-monthly staple around here.

Thankfully there is also no need to make this sauce every single time you cook tacos, I just whip up a batch about once a month. The vinegar helps this sauce to keep well in the fridge for quite some time.

If you have a larger family and wanted to make a big batch of this, just double or triple the recipe so that you could have enough for multiple meals as well. But to be honest, the recipe is so simple that it doesn’t take much effort. Just simply whisk the ingredients together in a sauce pan and set it to simmer on the stove while you brown your taco meat. It’s that simple. I wish I could sound intelligent and creative and give you a long list of instructions… but I just can’t. There is nothing more to tell you other that what to use!

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Easy Taco Sauce from Scratch

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Homemade Taco Sauce

  • 12 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbl Cumin
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • a pinch of cayenne (or more depending on your family’s tolerance of heat)
  1.  Whisk all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring up to a simmer.
    Simmer on med-low heat while you make your tacos or at least for 20 minutes. (This is important to give the flavors a chance to develop but keep it low and slow so that it doesn’t reduce too much.)
  2. Remove from heat, cool & store in a glass jar. (Can be served cold or warm.)

It’s that easy folks.  Nothin’ to it.

If you want to take it a step even farther, try my Taco Seasoning Blend as well!  With these two recipes you will have excellent Tacos with NO processed ingredients.

And just as a bonus, I’ll also throw in my recipe for Homemade, Traditional Refried Beans.

 

Pinto Bean Spice

Pinto Bean Spice

1/2 cup granulated garlic

1/4 cup onion powder

1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup Cumin

2 Tbl Salt

1 Tbl Paprika

1 Tbl Pepper

*Note: This recipe makes a bulk batch to season Pinto Beans with at any time.  You will have to experiment on your own to reach the desired flavor you want but I would say that I use approximately 1/3 cup to a large pot of beans.