Chocolate. Dear, dear, chocolate. How I love thee, let me count the ways…
Of course I won’t count the ways, not here, I could wax philosophical for hours about chocolate itself, and right now you need to make this frosting!
This frosting is completely easy, yet it makes a sinfully good topping that you can use to top any cake you like. You could even use this as a spread on a bagel, or to dip strawberries in for a decadent little treat. However you use it though, if you’re a chocolate lover, and many of us are, you’re going to love this fabulous little frosting.
What You’ll Need:
1 pound of cream cheese, softened
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 jar of marshmallow cream
1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups of powdered sugar
Half and half, if needed to smooth out the frosting
Cream together cream cheese, butter and marshmallow cream until smooth. Slowly add cocoa to the cream cheese mixture until completely blended. Add sugar and beat until smooth.
If the mixture seems stiff add a tablespoon of half and half and beat again to help smooth out the frosting. You can keep adding half and half in this manner if needed until the frosting is smooth, but not runny.
Notes: If you wanted to make a vanilla version you could leave out the cocoa powder and add another cup of powdered sugar to the amount listed above as well as a tablespoon of vanilla extract. When the humidity is higher or it’s warm you most likely won’t need any half and half at all, when the humidity is lower or it’s cold you might need more.
Making your own spice mixes like this not only saves you a trip to the store, but it’s also a lot cheaper than buying them ready made and tastes better too. Plus you control what you put in the mix, and if you’re like me and prefer organic things, you know what you’re making is also healthier than what you find at the store. It’s a win win situation all around!
Now, let’s get to shaking! 😉
What You’ll Need:
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of black pepper (Note: More if you like pepper, less if you don’t.)
2 tablespoons of chili powder
2 tablespoons of paprika (Note: I used plain this time, but you can used the smoked variety if you prefer. I’ve done that before and it gives you a bit more depth in the taste.)
1 teaspoon of cumin
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Place in ingredients in a bowl and thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients. Once mixed put in an airtight container and store in your pantry or cupboard until ready to use. Or if you’d like you can just mix it all in a small jar and shake, then cover for storage and skip having to clean to bowl.
To use to make tacos, add two heaping tablespoons of the mixture to 1 pound of cooked ground meat (beef, chicken, etc.) along with 2 cups of water and cook until the water evaporates.
Now you’re ready to make tacos, or go crazy and make burritos or nachos, or well, you get the picture. ;o)
Notes: You can also add in 1/2 to a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper if you want to spice things up a bit or 1 teaspoon of ground chipolte powder for an added little kick.