Thursday, May 20, 2010

Easy Organic: 30 Minute Beef Tacos

Since we talked about the amazing properties of red meats yesterday, I thought I'd share another recipe that's a favorite in our family: beef tacos. Disclaimer: our family LOVES Mexican food. We could eat it about 5 nights a week.  We don't, but we could! We all love these beef tacos. And they are a great food to double and reheat for 2-3 nights.  I make 1.5 lbs for one night's dinner, or 3 lbs for two nights, and we usually get a lunch out of it as well.  Great to serve with some soaked and cooked organic pinto beans!

Note: I have totally given up on buying the prepackaged taco seasonings, even the organic ones.  I found out that many "natural" ones and even "organic" taco seasonings contain MSG. Basically, if the label says anything about "yeast" it's actually MSG.  And even if it doesn't have MSG, most of them have ridiculous amounts of salt, it's really just unnecessary!  I started making my own and we honestly like them even better.

Easy Beef Tacos (Double this recipe for dinner for 2-3 nights, depending on family size)
1.5 lbs organic, grass fed ground beef
Salt, I use Himalayan salt, or Celtic Sea Salt (
Organic black pepper
Organic chili powder, salt-free
Organic ground cumin
Organic garlic powder
Organic cayenne powder (optional)
Organic mild/medium salsa )

Brown the ground beef in a pan on medium heat.  Add salt to taste.  (My rule of thumb is generally 1/2 tsp. per lb.) In a Pyrex measuring cup, pour in about 1/4 of a 2 oz. bottle of organic chili powder.  Mix in about 1/4 cup water and stir around.  Add this to the meat and mix thoroughly.  Then, add some generous shakes of the black pepper, and then the cumin and garlic.  I always do this to taste, but I'd say it's about 2 teaspoons of cumin, and about 1 tspn. of the garlic.  But just test it out!  If you want the heat a little higher, add a few shakes of the cayenne.  Then add about 1/2 cup of the salsa.  Stir everything together well.

Bring almost to a boil and then lower the heat, and simmer until you're ready to serve.  Serve with organic diced onions, organic raw cheese, organic sour cream, organic diced tomatoes, and organic avocados are yummy too! We love putting the beef and all these toppings in Food For Life's sprouted corn tortillas- warm them over a medium pan in some organic butter until pliable and soft, and you're set!  You can also do them a little longer for "crispy" tacos, or set them on a paper bag after warming them in the pan to make them a little crunchy, but still soft.

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