I have to say, I am quite excited about Meals these past 2 weeks. I have felt extra creative with our extra limited diet! The Grass fed beef was up on the menu again tonight, and I find we all like it better mixed with some other flavor. Whether it be onions or garlic in burgers...or tonight as Tacos, we find we appreciate our cow way more when not consumed plain! :)
I have had many goes at homemade tacos, but most just leave us wanting the store bought mix...especially after we found this delicious organic one, but none of them are allowed on the yeast diet, and most of them are so expensive for what you are actually getting. After some reading about how to make delicious tacos at home, I have to say these got rave reviews! J even said he would give me a gold star if he had one!
The secret to the recipe is the time they take to simmer in the delicious spices. Simmer time for this recipe is about 1-1 1/2 hours, with "mashing" required only 2-3 times. They are "low Maintenance" and an easy way to kick a processed food option out of your pantry!
2 lbs grass fed beef ground
2 Tsp real salt
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp paprika
1-3 garlic cloves minced, pressed, or finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 whole onion chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped (optional)
2-4 Egg Yolks (1-2 Tbsp arrowroot)
In a large pan with a lid that fits it, place the beef and all the seasonings in it, except the onion and the pepper. Mash the meat with a Masher until broken up a bit, and fill with water to the level of the beef. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Leave it to simmer for about an hour. If you are in a rush, 30-45 minutes is sufficient, but the full hour really does make a difference. Make sure you are checking that the mixture still has water and to break up any meat chunks that might be forming. The softness of the meat is dependent upon the mashing during the cooking. Check ever 20-25 minutes for water and mashing.
After an hour add the onions and let simmer for another 15-20 minutes than, remove the "broth" and place in a separate sauce pan let cool a minute (below 140 degrees), and whisk with 2-4 egg yolks. Gently bring the mixture to 140-150 degrees. Be careful not to raise it above this or the egg yolks will separate. Whisk the mixture the whole time, than remove from the heat and set aside. This is my thickening agent, if you want more information about yolk thickening agents please read my previous post. If you aren't on a starch free diet feel free to use 1-2 Tbsp Arrowroot until mixed with a little cold water and than added to the "broth" until desired thickness is achieved. The whole thickening process is optional! Feel free to just leave the broth as is and serve with desired toppings and shells.
We used the "flat bread/tortillas" for the tacos and they tasted like a burrito! Extra delicious topped with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, avocado, and cheese (if you are allowed dairy!)
Enjoy and please let me know what you think!