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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 2 cups shredded zucchini and one cup minced parsley or cilantro
- 2 cups white or black beans (mashed) to stretch the meat further
- In a chef's pan or skillet, heat the lard over medium heat.
- 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.
- Stir well and add ¾ cup of beef broth or water, turn heat to low and put the lid on the pan.
- 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 : ).
- Add the pureed liver to the meat mixture and stir.
- Simmer for up to 10-15 minutes on low.
- Be sure to watch and make sure it does not dry out. Add more liquid if necessary.
- While the beef mixture is cooking, gather your other ingredients.
- I buy organic hard shell tortillas - place them on a
parchment linedbaking sheet in the oven on 250 degrees while the meat is cooking.
- Chop up whatever veggies you choose to use.
- 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.
- You can also have available sour cream, shredded cheddar, diced
avocadoand 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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