THE BEST DANG TACOS EVER!

You know how every once in a while you'll eat something and it just hits on every pleasure center in your brain. Well this ended up being one of those recipes.

One of my biggest challenges as a "food blogger" is that I'm actually don't consider myself a food blogger. I never cook with recipes - just from intuition - and it has been an exercise in mindfulness to try to write down how I'm making things as I go so that blog readers can recreate these recipes and treats at home. But it has ended up working in my favor when I actually want to make something again. Like these insane tacos. 

First of all, is there any food better than a taco? I mean, what DOESN'T taste better when it's in a tortilla. Nothing right?! After discovering Siete Foods grain free tortillas last year, I made the switch and never went back to wheat or corn tortillas. Siete Foods's tortillas are durable enough to hold a hefty taco, have the same chewy mouth-feel as a wheat tortilla, taste freaking amazing, and won't inflame the body or cause stomach upset like grain-based tortillas can. Convert for life!

I used to be really on the fence about consuming red meat, but came to discover that eating small amounts of GRASS-FED red meat is beneficial from two aspects:

1. Antibiotic, hormone-free GRASS-FED meat contents anti-inflammatory omega 3's (where as commercially raised meat contents inflammatory omega 6's).

2. Eating a small amount of red meat after your cycle can help to rebuilt lost blood in the system. Sorry if that's TMI guys, but this is a health & wellness blog first and foremost.

I am really fortunate to live in Southern California where I can have my groceries including sustainably raised meats, organic produce, and all of my favorite pantry staples and more delivered by Milk & Eggs. It's a life-saver in that it saves time now that I don't have to grocery shop (Milk & Eggs leaves a bag on my doorstep before I leave for work in the morning). AND they are always adding new products to their inventory, so I'm always finding new great things to try like Fourth & Heart's California Garlic Ghee, which I've been cooking EVERYTHING in. If you live in Southern California and haven't yet ordered from Milk & Eggs, use the code 'RH15' and you will get $15 off your first order plus orders $35 and over include FREE delivery every time!

Unfortunately if you don't live in SoCal, Milk & Eggs can't deliver to you, but most of the ingredients listed below can be found at Whole Foods and may other grocery retailers. 

If you want to make vegan tacos, just make sure to swap the ghee for avocado oil, and swap the grass-feed meat for Beyond Meat Crumbles.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Makes 4-5 servings (2 tacos per person)

For the Tacos

- 1lb Lean grass-fed ground beef

- (optional) 4oz. Organic shiitake mushrooms

- (optional) 1 diced jalepeno

- 1T Fourth & Heart California Garlic grass-fed ghee

- 2T Chili powder

- 2T Garlic powder

- 1T Smoked paprika

- 1T Onion powder

- 1tsp Chili flakes

- 1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper spice

- Pink himalayan sea salt & black pepper to taste

- (optional, but recommended) 1.5T Root & Bones Reishi Mushroom (use the code ‘RH15’ for 15% off)

- Organic arugula

- Organic cilantro

- (optional) Avocado

- (optional) Watermelon radish

- Siete Foods grain-free tortillas

- Fourth & Heart Sprayable Ghee

For the Sweet Potato Fries

- 1lb Organic sweet potatoes

- Fourth & Heart Sprayable Ghee

- Pink himalayan sea salt

LET’S DO THIS:

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and spray a cookie sheet with the Fourth & Heart Sprayable Ghee.

- Slice the sweet potatoes in half horizontally, and then into eights vertically to make sweet potato wedges.

- Place the sweet potato wedges onto the cookie sheet in a single layer, spray with more Ghee, toss, and then place in the preheated oven.

- In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, chili flakes, & chipotle pepper spice. 

- In a large cast iron skillet (I use this one), heat 1T of Fourth & Heart California Garlic Ghee.

- Once the ghee is melted, add the grass-fed ground beef to the skillet, breaking up with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula as it cooks. 

- Once the meat is almost cooked through, add the spice blend and stir combine thoroughly. This is also when you would add the optional sliced shiitakes and/or optional diced jalepeno.

- Season the meat with salt & pepper according to taste, then add the (optional) Reishi mushroom.I highly recommend adding the reishi mushroom as it adds such a depth of flavor and tremendous health benefits to this dish.

- Once the spices have absorbed into the meat, set to the lowest setting on your stove, and heat a second skillet sprayed down with Fourth & Heart sprayable ghee on another burner.

- Toast the Siete Foods tortillas in the second skillet on both sides until golden-brown marks form. Repeat for all 8 tortillas.

- Remove the sweet potato fries from the oven, and season with salt to taste.

- To assemble the tacos, plate 2 tortillas per person, then do a layer of arugula, then a couple sweet potatoes on the tacos (optional), then cilantro, avocado, and watermelon radish as desired.

Serve hot with a huge heaping side of lightly salted sweet potato fries!