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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Turkey Tacos

Feeding my family can be challenging. My three kids are good eaters, and enjoy a variety of foods, but their tastes are, shall we say, very individual. Rarely do they all agree on a given dish.

Tacos, however, always create consensus. And Detroit Mexicantown seasoning is my secret.

This mix will transform your Mexican or Southwestern dishes. Created by The Detroit Spice Co, it's available at local, upscale markets, like Village Market in Grosse Pointe, Papa Joe's in Birmingham and Pure Detroit stores. Detroit Spice Co. also has a stand at Eastern Market and sells several other terrific blends inspired by the ethnic communities that make up Detroit.

Mexicantown seasoning combines traditional flavors like cumin and chilis and ditches the excessive sodium, preservatives and artificial flavors found in grocery store taco kits.

I add a tablespoon or two to the lean ground turkey or sirloin, and season to taste with sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. I usually add a healthy dollop of salsa to the meat mixture as it simmers.

I also use shredded romaine lettuce, the best tomatoes I can find, locally made salsa, kalamata olives, black beans, reduced fat cheese and light sour cream. To get really authentic, take a trip to Mexican Town and buy freshly made tortillas from their markets.

This healthier, more natural take on tacos is always a hit in my house.

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