This is one of my family’s favorite meals. We ate tacos as salad or lettuce wraps long before we transitioned to paleo (because we just like it that way!), so this is a pretty familiar presentation. I even started making my own seasoning a few years ago because the pre-packaged seasoning that I liked had MSG as an ingredient (which gives me migraines). We serve this meat wrapped in lettuce leaves (bib, boston or romaine work well) and love to top with chopped tomatoes, homemade guacamole, and sliced black olives (and the girls sometimes get a little grated raw grass-fed cheddar cheese). Other great toppings would be salsa, chopped bell peppers, chopped cucumber, or plain coconut milk yogurt. It also cooks up quite quickly so I find it an easy meal to put together mid-week. It also reheats well, so I will often double this recipe and try and squeeze three meals out of it. Serves 3-4.
- 1 lb ground beef (I use grass-fed)
- ½ large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp cooking fat (I use tallow but Refined Coconut Oil would work too, omit if you are using fairly fatty ground meat)
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1½ tsp Ground Cumin Seed
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper(optional)
- ¼ tsp Dried Oregano
- ½ tsp Salt(to taste)
- ½ tsp ground Pepper
1. Heat cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat (cast iron works well here). Add ground meat, garlic and onion. Cook, stirring frequently to break up the meat, until fully cooked, about 7-8 minutes.
2. Add spices to beef. If you meat is really dry, you might want to add 1-2 Tbsp of water. Stir to fully incorporate.
3. Turn temperature down to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it smells so delicious you just can’t wait another second!
4. Serve on lettuce leaves with your favorite paleo-friendly taco toppings. Enjoy!