Menu Monday: Indian Corn Finger Food

What’s on the baby menu this week?!?! In the spirit of Fall, October and Halloween, I call this dish Indian Corn Finger Food. It’s really more of a TexMex flavor, but the layers and colors remind me of candy corn. It’s obviously not candy, so I went with Indian Corn Finger Food.

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This recipe came to me when my husband and I randomly decided we wanted ground beef tacos one night last week. Typically, if we eat tacos it’s fish tacos. Our son showed interest in what we were eating, so of course we gave him a taste and quickly discovered that he was a big fan of the taco meat. This got my wheels spinning and here’s what I came up with:

Indian Corn Finger Food

I know my son likes seasoned ground beef and corn but he has never had black beans before, so why not give them a try?!

Ingredients: 1 can corn, 1 can black beans, 1 pound ground beef, taco seasoning (homemade taco seasoning recipe below), 1/3 C. water

1. Heat corn and black beans while browning ground beef

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2. Sprinkle taco seasoning (packet or homemade recipe below) evenly over hamburger, add 1/3 cup of water, let simmer until water is absorbed

3. Layer food container with ground beef, corn and black beans (I use Tutti Bimbi food trays.)

4. That’s it! Serve, refrigerate or freeze

5. Bon appe’tit baby!

I’ve always been good at making things difficult. So I decided to make my own taco seasoning using the recipe below. Of course, I didn’t have all the spices so a trip to Target was warranted. My husband thinks I go there twice a day and some days I do. Making homemade taco seasoning was actually very simple and only took an extra five minutes to whip up, provided you have all the spices. It’s also comforting for me to know exactly what I’m feeding my baby.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix the spices together. For less spice, reduce the chili powder amount and you may wish to leave out the black pepper. The amounts listed above make about 2 Tbsp. of homemade taco seasoning mix, which is approximately the same amount as in a store-bought packet. This mixes nicely with one pound of hamburger and 1/3 C. water.

This recipe was quick and super easy! It made 18 food pods for around $8. That’s $0.45 a pod. You can’t beat that, especially for yummy, CLEAN deliciousness. Go ahead and make two pounds of hamburger and have family taco night while you’re at it!

I served this dish with tomatoes, avocado and shredded cheese. My baby gobbled it up like it was candy corn! Have your baby do a taste test and let me know how it goes! Checkout my other finger food recipes here.

Cheers!

Molly

Respect, kindness and love begin with babies…we must show them the way!

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