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Recipes Using Fresh or Dried Oregano

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Fortunately dried oregano is as good as using fresh oregano. The dried herbs are full of oils that keep their rich flavor. You can harvest and use oregano all year long.

How much dried oregano equals fresh oregano?

I like to us a ratio of 3 to 1. In other words 3 tsp of fresh oregano = 1 tsp of dried oregano. You can simplify this and turn tablespoons into teaspoons. 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano = 2 teaspoons of dried oregano. This can be used as a general rule for all dried herbs.

We are big fans of Mexican dishes. This just happens to be one of our favorites. I like to double the recipe and take it as a potluck dish. I just keep put it back in the crock-pot to stay warm

Green Pork – Mexican Shredded Beef

  • Serves 8 as a filling for tacos or burritos
  • 2 lb. boneless pork roast
  • 1 lg. onions
  • 6 lg. Anaheim green chillies – chopped or 2 cans of green chillies
  • 3 fresh jalapeno peppers – seeded and chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano or 2 Tbs. fresh oregano

Place all ingredients in crock-pot. Add one cup of water. Cook on high-heat for 5 hrs, low-heat for 10 hrs. Remove from crock-pot and shred. Make tacos with meat and all of your favorite taco toppers. Try my Quick Salsa To Rave About.

I got this fun popcorn recipe from a neighbor. They made up the herb seasoning and sealed it in with their “Food Saver”.  Then they gave it as gifts with a bag of popcorn and a recipe. Clever! You could even add a movie.

We like to make popcorn when we go camping. We use our campfire popcorn popper and dress it up with this recipe.

Herbed Popcorn

  • Makes enough herb mix for 12 cups of popped popcorn
  • Blend together -
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

Store this mixture in a tightly sealed container. Sprinkle over warm popped popcorn that has been lightly sprayed with a vegetable cooking spray…enjoy!


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