I’ve always loved tacos – loaded with cheddar cheese, ground beef seasoned with Old El Paso taco seasoning (I would be healthy and get the reduced sodium package), taco sauce, and then for fibre, some peppers, lettuce and olives :). Just recently I realized that I can still enjoy this meal without the meat and cheese and whatever is found in packaged taco seasoning! It is now a weekly staple in our house. I make a side of meat for my boys, so it is a meal the whole family can enjoy no matter what our food preferences are.
Below is my recipe for whole food plant based tacos – or maybe this is a burrito… or a fajita… either way, they are delicious!
For the whole-food, plant based filling
2 portobello mushrooms (stems removed)
1 pepper (I like red, yellow or orange)
1 sweet onion
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp of vegetable broth
For the meat filling
1/2 lb of lean ground beef or chicken
2 tbsp of tomato paste
For the seasoning – mix together:
1 tbsp of chili powder
1 tbsp of dried oregano
1/2 tbsp of ground cumin
1/2 tbsp of garlic powder
1/4 tsp of ground pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
Toppings – whatever you want. I put on:
Guacamole (home made or store bought)
Salsa (I always use store bought – I like the PC Organics – there is no added sugar)
For the wraps – I use Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Tortillas (they do have wheat in them, so to avoid gluten, you could go with a corn tortilla or shell)
For the plant based filling
- slice the portobellos, pepper and onion into thin strips
- heat the vegetable broth in a pan
- add the veggies and garlic and sauté until they have become tender and the juices have begun to evaporate
- stir in half of the seasoning
For the meat filling
- brown the ground beef or chicken
- stir in the tomato paste
- stir in the other half of the seasoning
- lay out your tortilla
- If including guacamole or cashew sour cream, spread those first
- add your filler of choice (you may want both meat and veggies)
- continue to layer with toppings of your choice
- roll up the tortilla – eat and enjoy!
I always have veggies, beans, guacamole, cashew sour cream and salsa left over, so I make a taco salad the next day. Just add all these left overs to a bowl of lettuce (sprinkle with hemp seeds) and enjoy!
PS Hemp seeds are like my Franks Red Hot – I put that shit on everything!