Ground Beef Tacos

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Ground Beef Tacos

To follow up with a delicious use for some Paleo tortillas, here’s a basic taco recipe that you can adapt almost endlessly to suit your personal tastes. As long as you’ve got your taco shells and meat ready, the choice of toppings is practically unlimited. Go traditional with bell peppers, salsa, and onions, or branch out with fruits: some melon salsa would be a great way to add an original twist, or what about mango? Avocado? Pineapple? Of course, if you tolerate dairy, some melted cheese on top never goes wrong, either.

Another great option if you’re cooking for a crowd, is to just round up all the toppings you can think of and leave them out in separate bowls so everyone can build their own personal masterpiece. This is especially great for two purposes: kids and potlucks. Kids love the chance to make their own food, and for a group meal, build-your-own tacos guarantee that everyone will get something they like.

You’ll need a batch of flourless taco shells to make this recipe as written: they barely take any extra time to make, and they really pull the whole recipe together. If you don’t even have a few minutes to make the shells, you could also just round up some lettuce leaves for wraps, or make it even simpler and just toss everything over mixed greens for a taco salad.

Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 25 min.Cooking time COOK: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef;
  • 1 tomato, diced;
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced;
  • 1 onion, diced;
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce;
  • Homemade salsa;
  • Melon salsa; (optional)
  • Your choice of other toppings; (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnishing;

Ingredients for the taco seasoning

  • 1 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin;
  • ½ tsp. paprika;
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano;
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Taco preparation

Preparation

  1. Stirring frequently, brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet placed over a medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until the beef is cooked.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the taco seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir the taco seasoning in with the meat. Reduce the heat to low, and let everything simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. To assemble the tacos, layer the beef mixture, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and bell pepper (or whatever other toppings you’re using) in each taco shell.
  5. Serve with your choice of salsa.

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