The Not-A-Taco


Paleo Tex-Mex is super easy: just strip away the beans, rice, sour cream, cheese, corn chips, and tortillas, then sob quietly into your sad, half-empty plate of ground beef while people around you nod in pity (poor caveman). Tears. Just kidding!—Paleo Tex-Mex can be super easy, plus yummy, filling, and oh-so-nutritious when you rethink it from a whole foods perspective. Understand that it won’t be your typical Rosa’s order (with all the fixin’s from above), but the modifications you make will benefit so much more than your taste buds. What’s AIP friendly? It means the recipe meets the standards for the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (see the bottom of the post). The recipes here offer options for both the regular Paleo diet and the AIP.

THE NOT-A-TACO—Serves 4 + a bit of leftovers

1 head lettuce, shredded

2 sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into fry-size pieces

2 beets, peeled and cut into small squares (these are ninja beets–it’s how I hide nutrition from my family, even though it turns the beef pink; you could easily substitute with spinach, mushrooms, or your vegetable of choice instead . . . bacon probably wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings either)

2 lb grass-fed beef

1 purple onion, minced

3-4 cloves garlic

½ spray cilantro, minced

½ stalk green onion, chopped

Sea salt

Red pepper flakes, cumin (avoid for AIP)

Set your oven to 425 degrees. Rub your sweet potatoes with your favorite fat—I prefer duck or leftover bacon fat; coconut oil is second best; olive oil is third.  Toss them with salt & red pepper flakes if desired (the heat’s a nice touch). Throw them in the oven until tender (big pieces can take up to 45 minutes, check on them about every 15). On the stove, toss the beets with a tbsp of fat (the same you used for the sweet potatoes) and saute on medium heat. Once they start to get tender, add the purple onion and garlic. After about five minutes, add the beef, a healthy dash of salt (sea salt is good for you, so don’t be scared), and cumin if desired. Once everything is cooked, build your not-a-taco: lettuce, sweet potatoes, beef . . . top with cilantro & green onion . . . then add the salsa and/or guacamole of your choice. (I’ve got an upcoming post on salsa—even for AIP, which excludes tomatoes—but be sure to check out some guacamole options below.) If you really, really miss sour cream and you can tolerate dairy, mix some Greek yogurt (I recommend Fage whole fat) with cumin to top off your non-taco (avoid for AIP) . . . do not believe Paleo bloggers who suggest that coconut cream is an acceptable sour cream substitute, they are full of lies (no one wants this to be coconut meat pie).

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#1: The Hatch-Green Hottie (Not for AIP)

2 avocados, mashed

2-3 roasted hatch green chilis, minced (at HEB right now! You can also use jalapeno or simply a healthy dash of cayenne pepper.)

2 roma tomatoes, chopped

1/3 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup cilantro, minced

Sea salt & cumin to taste

Juice of 2 limes

#2: The All-Cool Avocado (Totally for AIP)

2 avocados, mashed

1/3 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup cilantro, minced

3 radishes, minced

Sea salt to taste

Juice of 2 limes

For either recipe, mash, mince, and mix everything together! Adjust for taste, and enjoy the heck out of it.

If you’re just diving into the Paleo experience and you’re wondering why we choose to eliminate the foods that we do, check out some of the intro-to-Paleo books on The Favorites page (the gist is that you’re avoiding potential digestive and immune system irritants).  If you’re new to the Autoimmune Protocol, it is a more restrictive version of the Paleo diet created specifically for people suffering from autoimmune disorders and systemic inflammation. Practical Paleo gives a great overview of the AIP, along with menu plans to help guide anyone interested in following it.  




  1. Sounds delicious! Keeps those fantastic recipes coming! I’ll try them when I’m back home from Pakistan…! :)

    • You’re definitely a little more restricted over there. :) We sure don’t miss the DFAC cooking.


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