Dinner · Kid-friendly · Lunch · Paleo

Taco Tuesday (Whole30, Paleo)

We have a weekly tradition in our home: Taco Tuesday.  I keep this customary practice alive for a few reasons:

1. My kids love tacos.
2. I know my husband can make tacos.
3. Taco Tuesday is versatile (check out Sheet Pan Fajitas and Cuban Pork Tacos – coming soon!)

Since I don’t get home from work until 5:30pm, I have to rely on my husband executing my meal plans.  Tacos are easy, filling and great for leftovers!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings – 6

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INGREDIENTS

Taco Meat:
2 Tbsp cooking fat
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves – minced
2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
3 Tbsp taco seasoning mix

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander

Salad:
3 heads of chopped romaine lettuce
1 bell pepper – chopped
½ cucumber – peeled and chopped
Black olives
Broken plantain chips
Cilantro – chopped (optional)
Heaping scoop of guacamole

Dressing:
1 cup Dump Ranch
½ cup compliant salsa


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking fat in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the chopped carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in ground beef – cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain fat.
  3. Stir in taco seasoning and 3/4 cup of water. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes.
  4. While the meat is cooking, disburse your chopped lettuce on a plates/bowls. Distribute the bell pepper, cucumber, black olives and plantain chips to each plate/bowl.
  5. When the meat is done, turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes. During this time, make your dressing.
  6. Dressing: In a small bowl, stir dump ranch and salsa.
  7. Once the meat has cooled a bit, add 1 cup of meat to each plate. Pour dressing on top and top with chopped cilantro.
  8. Enjoy! There should be enough food for leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

*Make it Kid-Friendly*

(not Paleo/Whole30)

Have your kids add whatever they want to their taco. Mine usually do just the meat and olives.  They know they have to have something green at every meal, so I’ll suggest either 1. Lettuce in the taco
2. Lettuce outside the taco (with dump ranch)
3. Cucumbers & ranch
I’ve found that if I give them just a little power, they are more likely to eat what I’ve prepared. Reverse psychology? Whatever it is, it works. If you can’t work in the romaine lettuce or cucumbers– not to worry, you’ve already snuck in some veggies in the taco meat 😉

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