For the Seasoning:
1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon of Cumin
3/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1 pound of Grass-Fed Ground Beef (you could always do ground turkey or chicken also)
1/2 Cup of Water
For the Salad Fixings I use:
Sliced Cherry Tomatoes
Lettuce (Iceberg or Romaine are the best for a Taco Salad, but I just use whatever we have in the fridge)
Peppers and Onions (I use frozen ones from Trader Joes)
Salsa (no added sugar)
Feel free to add any other taco salad essentials that you love – but to keep it whole30 and paleo, stay away from the chips, cheese, and salsa with added sugar.
This is going to be one of the easiest paleo meals you will ever make. Basically you need to collect the necessary seasonings and brown the meat. Once the meat is browned, you are going to pour the seasoning blend onto the meat. Add the 1/2 cup of water. Mix everything up really well so that the seasoning is blended throughout. Put the seasoned taco meat on low and let the water simmer out. Continue to check in on it though, stirring and mixing it every couple of minutes.
At the same time, in a different skillet, it’s time to start cooking the peppers and onions! Like I said – this is a go-to easy meal for me. To help keep it simple, I use the frozen Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions. Toss them in the pan and let them cook right up. Again, flip them around every now and then until they are not frozen and appear soft. (You could definitely use fresh peppers and onions as well! This bag of tricks is much quicker and less expensive than fresh peppers are right now though.)
I like to put my lettuce on the bottom of the plate. For Taco Salad, I prefer iceberg or romaine lettuce. But we had neither. So I used whatever was in the fridge. On top of the lettuce went my peppers and onions. On top of that the beef and any other “taco toppings of choice.”
I always wonder if pro-foodie bloggers’ kitchens end up as messy as mine does… Don’t let the pretty food pictures fool you. My kitchen is a hot mess!
To me, the salsa and guacamole are the cherry on top of this taco sundae. Pop a few spoonfuls of each on top of your taco salad creation and then dig in!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think! What taco toppings do you love?