Sunday, July 5, 2009

Taco Night for Celiacs!

It's been a while since I thought of making tacos--but they are so good! And doesn't Taco Night always feel like a party?

Anyway, one of the bummers of our manufactured food world is the presence of gluten hidden in items that have nothing to do with bread or flour. One of these things is meat seasoning. What in the world does meat need gluten for?

I guess the answer to that is with the manufacturers. So maybe we should ask them?

Anyway, enough Celiac-tivism for now. Onto food.

Unfortunately, most of your run-of-the-mill Taco Meat Seasoning packets contain gluten--in it's nefarious "Modified Food Starch" form. So, we have to dig a little deeper, search a little farther. Wendy, on her Gluten Free Greenie blog talks about trying her hand at a Celiac Family Blog recipe for chicken. That one calls for McCormick brand Taco Seasoning.

But I wanted to tell you all that I found another brand of Taco Seasoning that does not contain gluten ingredients--it's Wick Fowler's Famous Taco Seasoning Mix!

The ingredients: Ground Chili Peppers, Salt, Onion, Comino, Garlic, Oregano.

It was .79 at Fresh Market here in Raleigh.

Grab a pack of taco shells, shredded lettuce, a tomato, and a little shredded cheese, and you've got a Happy, Gluten Free Taco Night! Sure beats trying to ask the Spanish-speaking waitstaff at the Mexican restaurant if their items are gluten free!


  1. Thank you Evelyn-

    Very interesting thought (!)

    I think we all should have a law OUNTRIES clear labeling is the only way that this celiac safe.
    That there is a correct labeling?
    Labeling to help health celiac?
    Maybe companies should start to think that the celiac group is growing and that his "medicine" is the gluten-free diet.
    In the European Community, and exiete this regulation is approved in 2008 and came into force in 2011.
    It is not celiac that travels?

    The celiac coelctivo need laws that protect you as well as other patients.
    I fight every day by these laws at the international level.

    Celiac disease is not a disease 'local' is universal (!)

    Why then not have laws in all countries.

    I do not want to see my granddaughter when rstringiendo more marginalized and their freedoms like hmano, I want all celiacs can have access to any social activity.
    Thanks for your input.
    sonia gluten free

  2. Thank you, Sonia. And thank you for all your efforts to raise awareness and effect positive change.

    Every effort helps. Let's all stay on track and keep pushing for food safety for all Celiacs.

  3. yum! i'll have to check it out. we've been doing taco night, but without the seasoning. it will be nice to add those spices back into the mix.

  4. That's cool that you found a GF mix.
    putting in my own seasonings really worked with the Mexican Chicken. Maybe I should package up my own. Of course, it would have helped if I would have measured. : )

  5. Hey Emily...The GF spices for taco night was very helpful! Thanks so much. I look forward to new things to spice up the GF meals.