Make Your Own


Someone shared with me the other day how they enjoyed my recipes and wanted to see more of them so here it goes…. This recipe is soooo delicious and is packed with bold flavor! Healthy living can be fun and delicious! Enjoy! Hope you are able to glean from the tip at the end of the recipe.

Annie's Homemade Tacos

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped

3-4 nice cloves of garlic, chopped

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 tsp. Red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 ½ lbs. ground meat (beef or turkey) - I like ground turkey thigh (Whole Foods) has more flavor. If you use beef, try to budget and get the grass feed beef from Whole Foods-big difference in flavor. A bit pricey but worth it.

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 tsp. each garlic and onion powder

1 tbsp. cumin

1 tbsp. each basil and oregano

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. chili powder or to taste

1 8oz. can tomato paste

¼ cup water

1 capful of apple cider vinegar

Organic sour cream

Low fat cheese (use sparingly as most cheeses tend to have a lot of salt and fat. Swiss cheese is a good substitute because of the low fat and salt contents).

Lettuce, shredded

Corn or 100% whole wheat tortillas, warmed in a cooking pan on top of stove

Directions: Heat cooking pan on medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions, garlic, bell pepper, and red pepper flakes; cook for 5 min. or until onions are translucent. Add ground meat and season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, cumin, basil, oregano, paprika, vinegar and chili powder. Let cook for 15 min. or until meat is done; stir occasionally. Next, add tomato paste and water. Stir until tomato paste and water or well Incorporate into the meat. Let simmer for another 5 min. Remove from heat. Warm tortillas in cooking pan on top of stove, medium heat. Fill the tortillas with meat, cheese, lettuce and sour cream. Enjoy! Almost forgot, top with cilantro and squeeze a bit of lime juice as well!

Tip: The best thing about this dish is that you know exactly what’s in it. You get to control the fat, salt and sugar which are major sabotages to any weight loss plan. You You can look at any taco season packet from the store and mimic those ingredients. Many times the store bought brands have a lot of salt in them as well as ingredients that you might not recognize. Making your own is much easier and healthier. The onion powder and garlic powder might seem redundant since you have already used the fresh garlic, but trust me: Adding a little of the garlic and onion powder makes for a much better flavor in your food-this is expereince speaking!


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