Taco (salad) Tuesday!

574610_1402668099963205_586255748_nAlmost 3 years ago now, Rusty and I honeymooned in Kauai (see pre manbun Rusty?). It was an amazing trip filled with hiking, kayaking, adventuring, and of course, eating. When we travel, we always make a point of trying to experience the place as locals would. We avoid resorts at all costs, stay away from chain restaurants, and never take tours. And when we find something good – a “secret” hike, unique coffee shop, or hole in the wall taco spot – we go back, sometimes, again and again. Which brings me to the spot where I connect honeymooning to taco Tuesday. On our honeymoon, we had the most (I seriously mean the MOST) amazing tacos ever. A couple (wife from Mexico and husband from San Diego) moved to the island and created something magical – tacos (and on special occasion tamales) made from scratch from local, organic ingredients. Organic handmade blue corn tortillas, grass fed beef and pastured pork and chicken, fresh toppings and amazing flavors. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

With all that being said, I’ve got a high bar for Mexican food, and it’s hard to find good quality ingredients. Most restaurants use crap oils, genetically modified corn, conventional meats, and the like. So when I got a real hankering for tacos the other evening, I decided to take matters into my own hands. And this recipe was the result. All the flavors I wanted with none of the crap.

So, I bring to you a taco salad, featuring organic blue corn tortilla chips from Jackson’s Honest (the most amazing chips on the planet cooked in coconut oil to perfection). Happy Taco (salad) Tuesday!

Taco Salad (GF, NF, DF)

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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IMG_5816WHAT YOU NEED:

for the seasoning:

for the taco salad:

  • 1 cup dry arborio white rice, rinsed till the water runs clear OR substitute cauliflower rice for lower carb (use this recipe but swap in the taco seasoning instead)
  • 2 cups homemade bone broth
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef OR cubed chicken breast
  • 1 TB ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 leek or onion, diced
  • 4 cups organic mixed greens
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB balsamic vinegar
  • your favorite salsa and guac
  • Jackson’s Honest tortilla chips OR 4 organic, non-gmo corn tortillas

WHAT YOU DO:

  • bring broth to boil in a saucepan, add rice, set to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes
  • in the meantime, set a cast iron pan to medium heat and sauté the onion/lee in oil until translucent
  • add beef and 1 TB of seasoning and cook, stirring until cooked through
  • stir together olive oil and vinegar and toss your greens and avocado in dressing
  • once rice is done, stir in a tsp of seasoning
  • plate the salad and rice and then add seasoned beef
  • top with salsa and guac and add some chips or heat the tortillas on the stovetop and fill with the goodness
  • Enjoy! This is a new Tuesday (or any night) night favorite at our house

Happy eating! I hope you guys enjoy this one as much as we did. If you do, let me know in comments below! 

♡ Laura

About the Author:

I am a Certified Nutrition Consultant and a Certified CrossFit Trainer.

I have a passion for educating, and I absolutely love teaching others about nutrition, functional movement, and the power each has to set the foundation for health, wellness, and true quality of life.

I LOVE to eat and fuel my body to live life to the utmost, and I wholeheartedly believe that sustainably sourced, nutrient dense foods can be the greatest form of medicine as well as the ingredients to create the most delicious, palate pleasing meals (it’s a win-win!)

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