Oh Yes It’s Taco Night………

by lydia on May 30, 2010

………and the feelin’s right, oh yes it’s taco night, oh what a night!! Around here we eat tacos just about every week. It’s one of those meals the kids never seem to tire of, and I am super happy giving them something nourishing and watching them gobble it down!
Last fall I began making tacos with grass fed ground beef, along with some added liver. I figured it was the easiest way to get liver into all of us, well besides just straight up eating it. The problem with that (and it’s all in my head mostly) is my memories of eating liver as a child – think leathery dry cardboard like meat. Blech! Now I have no problem getting liver into our diet any way I can, knowing how incredibly nutrient rich of a food it is .

Including liver into your ground beef is great because it actually makes your meat richer tasting, and no one will ever know it’s there. I certainly can’t tell I am eating liver. Hopefully, one of these days I will just get over my head games and gobble down some liver straight up. Until then, taco night works for me!

So here’s what we do for our tacos; (serves 4-6)
1 lb. of grass fed ground beef
1/4 – 1/3 lb. grass fed liver
7 tsp. taco seasoning (recipe follows)
2 Tbsp. lard, or other animal fat (bacon fat works great!)
whatever taco fixings you like
1 -12 count package sprouted corn tortillas 

Taco seasoning:
6 tsp. chili powder
5 tsp. paprika
5 tsp. cumin
3 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne
Mix all spices together and store in container for future taco nights. If you like your tacos spicier, add a bit more cayenne, and some hot sauce to the meat. I make this mild for the kid’s sake.

In a chef’s pan or skillet, heat the lard over medium heat. Add the beef. In the meantime puree the liver in a food processor.
Add the pureed liver to the browning beef.

Add in the taco seasoning and stir. Cook on medium until all the meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat to keep meat from drying out. If the meat seems like it is getting dry during cooking, add a splash of chicken or beef stock. Grass fed meats need less heat and cooking time as does conventional beef. It’s also leaner, which is why I like to add the lard.

While the beef is browning, gather your other ingredients. Place the corn tortillas in the toaster oven on the warm setting.

Chop up whatever veggies you choose to use. We usually have some shredded lettuce, and chopped cucumbers. Tonight we also had scallions and red peppers. Along with some pineapple salsa, homemade cortido, sour cream and shredded cheddar. Sometimes I will have some avocado as well, and maybe some fresh cilantro. Here’s my taco!!



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The Lewis Family May 30, 2010 at 6:38 am

That looks great, even if it does have liver in! I would love to find some sprouted corn tortillas – I can’t even get reg corn tortillas this far north! I am going to have to go on a national Internet search (or start sprouting my own corn). When we got together with our OK friends we had corn tortillas fried in a couple inches of virgin coconut oil and filled with salted grilled steak and avocado and red onions and tomatoes with a nice red wine. It was one of the best burrito like thing I have ever had! So simple too!


Phil May 30, 2010 at 10:16 am

Looks lovely…Nice sequence of photos in the recipe


lydia May 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

Becs ~ I bet you can find them. You should find a Weston A. Price organization near you that you can contact, they will know where in your area you can get some of these awesome foods, kombucha too! Which by the way, I am hoping to send this upcoming week, will let you know!!!


lydia May 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks Phil!! :)


Patty May 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Where do you get you sprouted corn tortillas? Great idea, by the way, with the Liver…


jul May 31, 2010 at 12:00 am

I get the same tortillas here at the Superstore, so I know they're available in Canada (they're in the natural foods section in the freezer). If you ask your local grocery or health food store they should be able to order them for you.


lydia May 31, 2010 at 12:51 am

Patty, I got my tortillas at Whole Foods! They have sprouted flour tortillas at my coop and Martindales, and they are the bigger kind. My kids sometimes wish we had bigger tortillas………..


The Lewis Family June 2, 2010 at 6:11 am

Ohhhhhhhh, the freezer in Superstore! What a novel idea. I have cast an eye in that direction, but it seemed that everything I looked at was just premade meals that were super expensive. I never thought to look in the freezer for organic tortilla's! What a brilliant idea. Now I am excited to check it out! Thanks for the direction!


The Lewis Family June 2, 2010 at 6:12 am

Kombucha, exciting exciting! Looking forward to making it and trying it out!


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