Paleo Tacos

March 23, 2012 in Categories: , by

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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 (my husband and oldest who both tolerate dairy really well also sometimes get grass-fed raw cheddar or mozzarella 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.

Paleo Tacos


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!

Paleo Tacos 2


I use sliced ribeye marinated in a sour-ish sauce for my meat. It adds a nice tang to the tacos. I think your missing this very important warning to this recipe: It gets messy fast if you add on lots of toppings. Bring a big towel.

Best. Idea. Ever. My daughter (4) helped prepare the taco meat and toppings, and then enthusiastically assembled her own tacos. I’m not sure she has ever even tried lettuce before, but I’ve never seen her so excited to eat something. And I think ole hubs was pleasantly surprised at how full he could get without the traditional taco shells. A big success in our household! Thank you!

You mention plain coconut milk yogurt – I am curious if you (or any other comment-inclined reader) has found one without guar gum… I thought coconut milk was a problem for me for a while then realized it was the guar gum giving me issues. I have found coconut milk without it but not coconut yogurt – I’d be grateful to anyone who has an answer


have you tried making your own coconut yoghurt? just use a normal yog starter and add to coconut milk… I found a dairy free yog starter at the grocery store.

Hi! Thanks for posting this. I’d like to suggest to other AIP followers to put some of the browned ground beef aside before adding the chili, paprika, etc. I found, thanks to the Paleomom, that I am highly sensitive to nightshades. So, I have my plain ground beef with lettuce, avocado & sometimes some dairy depending on how I’m feeling. I found the recipe for cashew “sour cream” & think I might try adding that too.

[…] Paleo Tacos – WOW! Who would have thought taco seasoning could be so good. I’ve now made a vat of the seasoning in this recipe and use it with chicken and beef. Tip: Throw some raw chicken in the crockpot, add some seasoning and salsa and you have another Paleo meal. Tacos in lettuce wraps are amazing. With tomatoes, avocado and the meat I didn’t even miss the cheese, sour cream shells. […]

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