Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lettuce (or Cabbage)-Wrapped Tacos

One of my favorite quick & easy meals to make is tacos.  I love Mexican food- tacos, fajitas, enchiladas- you name it, I love it.  So I decided to try out a Paleo version, and it really didn't require much change.  The only real modification was that I couldn't top mine with cheese, and oh yeah, I served them in lettuce rather than a tortilla.  I have to admit, I did miss the taste and texture of the tortilla... I always eat my tacos in soft tortillas, and it was hard to match that chewy, warm, yummy wrap.  However, if you want a taco while living Paleo, a lettuce-wrap is the best way to go.  I served these with my Paleo Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole and it was a great meal!

Lettuce-Wrapped Beef Tacos
(Served the 2 of us with plenty to spare)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/4 Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)
  • Iceberg Lettuce OR Cabbage (Pull off Large Leaves)
  • Homemade Salsa
  • Avocado Slices
Taco Seasoning:
  • 1 T Chili Powder
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1/4 T Cayenne Pepper (more or less depending on your spice preference)
Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.  Brown the ground beef along with the green peppers and onions until all are cooked through.  Drain off any excess grease if necessary.  Lower heat to medium-low and add water and taco seasoning.  Stir until combined.  Let simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

To serve, take a large lettuce leaf "wrap" and fill it with some of the meat mixture.  Top with salsa and avocado slices.  Wrap it up and enjoy!

*UPDATE 4/6: I made these again last week, but used cabbage leaves instead, and I DEFINITELY preferred the cabbage!  I pulled off some big leaves and let them soften one at a time in a pot of boiling water for about a minute each, and they were perfect.  They were a lot sturdier than lettuce, and had much better texture.  Plus, they have more nutritional value than iceberg lettuce.  I would recommend you use cabbage for sure!

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