Taco Tuesday: A Family Tradition

by lydia on April 30, 2016

Taco Tuesday has become a family tradition in my home. My boys look forward to it every single week. Somehow, it never gets old either. There is just something about ritual and tradition that can be so comforting, and so fun.


Sneaky Nutrition

One of my favorite things about Taco Tuesday (besides how easy and fun it is), is that I can sneak in lots of veggies and even liver sometimes. My kids NEVER complain about the green stuff in their taco meat either. There is so much flavor in a taco you can’t go wrong by sneaking in those veggies. Even if you have a kid who is ‘visually picky’ you can still hide the veggies by starting out with zucchini shredded fine and fixing their taco for them that way you can hide the tiny bits of green with toppings.

I always buy organic corn tortillas to avoid the issue of GMOs.

I also sneak in liver – read more about that down below. I also always make a ton of taco meat (double the recipe you see below) and often have it for leftovers or for a future taco Tuesday night. This streamlines the whole process a bit.

Homemade Ground Beef Tacos

Years ago, 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. I sneak in via my liver cubes recipe – be sure to check that out here if you are up for getting more liver into your ground meat dishes.

Whether you choose to add the liver or not, you can certainly feel good that you are feeding your family a healthy nutrient dense meal loaded with veggies and healthy fats.

Taco Meat
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
  • So here's what we do for our tacos: serves 4-6
  • 1½ lbs of grass fed ground beef
  • ¼ - ⅓ lb. grass fed liver, optional
  • 10 tsp. taco seasoning (recipe follows)
  • 1 Tbsp. lard, or other animal fat (bacon fat works great!) or avocado oil
  • ¾ cup beef broth or water
  • 1 bag frozen organic kale, optional
  • OR
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini and one cup minced parsley or cilantro
  • OR
  • 2 cups white or black beans (mashed) to stretch the meat further
  1. In a chef's pan or skillet, heat the lard over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and brown up a bit, then add the spices and veggies (or beans if using and mash them up a bit) cook for several minutes more.
  3. Stir well and add ¾ cup of beef broth or water, turn heat to low and put the lid on the pan.
  4. In the meantime, if using the liver puree the liver in a food processor ( I usually already have my liver pureed and made into liver cubes - see my post on that here : ).
  5. Add the pureed liver to the meat mixture and stir.
  6. Simmer for up to 10-15 minutes on low.
  7. Be sure to watch and make sure it does not dry out. Add more liquid if necessary.
  8. While the beef mixture is cooking, gather your other ingredients.
  9. I buy organic hard shell tortillas - place them on a parchment lined baking sheet in the oven on 250 degrees while the meat is cooking.
  10. Chop up whatever veggies you choose to use.
  11. We usually have some shredded lettuce and chopped cucumbers. Sometimes, we have scallions and red peppers. Our favorite salsa is the pineapple salsa from Trader Joes.
  12. You can also have available sour cream, shredded cheddar, diced avocado and some fresh cilantro.

Instilling Taco Tuesday has taken the question out of ‘what’s for dinner?‘ at least one a night a week for us. That’s always a relief. That doesn’t mean we don’t mix it up on Taco night here and there. (You can also make your own taco seasoning.)

To help me keep my sanity with meal planning and ideas, I use Real Plans meal planning service. They have so many great variances for Taco Tuesday in addition to 1000’s of recipes to fill in meals for the rest of the week. Be sure to check out Real Plans here.

How about you? Does your family do Taco Tuesday?



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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!

Christy May 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

I always double my taco meat recipe to cut down on work. I’m going to have to try adding in the beans & zucchini now to stretch things even further!

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