My cousins came over for dinner last Saturday night and I was trying to figure out a quick, simple, healthy meal that would feed 6 mouths. I saw I had a couple pounds of 100% grass-fed pastured ground beef in the freezer and decided, why not tacos? Who doesn’t love tacos or burritos for dinner? Plus, I had a salsa recipe I wanted to try since I would be making it at Andrew’s birthday the next day.
Unfortunately, most of the time the dinner consists of a store bought packet of taco mix (probably containing MSG- honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve bought one I forgot the ingredient list), hormone/antibiotic filled beef and flour tortillas made with enriched white flour. You probably top your burrito or taco with cheese and sour cream that was made from cows pumped with antibiotics and maybe some jarred salsa that has preservatives.
Let me tell you, it is possible to prepare this meal and have it actually be healthy! The first step of making this meal healthy is to get 100% grass-fed ground beef, raw cheddar cheese and sour cream. If you can’t get raw cheese or sour cream, at least get cheese that is made with no antibiotics. If you can’t find 100% grass-fed pastured beef, at least get beef that has not gotten any nasty hormones. You can find these at your local health food store.
If you live in California, I use Organic Pastures beef (I also buy raw milk, cream, butter and cheese from them). I believe they have a store locator and can ship via UPS to your door step! The best part is the ground beef is only $5.25 a pound!!! For 100% grass-fed ground beef, that is a steal of a deal and is very comparable to regular beef.
The second step of making healthy tacos is to make your own taco seasoning! It’s so super easy and most of the spices you can already find in your pantry! Here is the recipe-
- 1 TBL chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
It’s always nice to make double or triple the amount so you don’t have to mix the ingredients for the next time.
I use about 2 TBL for a pound of beef. If you like it stronger and spicier, add more.
The third step is to use a different type of tortilla- I use Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas. The ingredients read: sprouted corn, lime and sea salt. Isn’t that a fantastic ingredient list? Using a sprouted tortilla helps with gut digestion. You don’t get the “ugh, I’m so sleepy” after you eat sprouted grains like the sprouted corn tortillas. Whole grains are good for you when they are properly soaked and sprouted. Normal flour tortillas are nowhere close to being soaked and sprouted.
I personally never used to be a fan of corn tortillas but I decided to give them a try a few months ago and although at first they took some getting used to, I actually now prefer them instead of the flour tortillas. I guess I also prefer them simply because of the fact they are sprouted and good for my gut! When using these, make sure you heat them on a skillet so they become soft.
Voila! There you have it- you turned an unhealthy meal to one you can proudly serve knowing it is good for your gut and health. Say bye-bye to store bought taco seasoning packets and hello to homemade taco seasoning!
Stay tuned for the homemade fresh salsa recipe
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul