Ditch the Diet Swap: Turmeric Tacos

Happy Taco…not just for Tuesday! Let’s be real, you can have tacos any day of the week! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a Ditch The Diet Swap recipe, so here’s a reminder of the game–so many recipes infiltrating our eyeballs these days have “swaps” to alter recipes using ingredients to make a recipe fit into a particular diet’s schtick. My goal is to reclaim food, flavor, and remove the demonization of ingredients (for the love of cauliflower) and remind the world, one delicious meal at a time, that all foods fit.

Awhile back, I shared in my newspaper column a bit about the benefits of adding more turmeric in one’s diet. In my own personal testing and use of turmeric, I’ve come up with some great recipes and additions to meals that I’ll be sharing over time (turmeric in your coffee: yes).

Let’s get to it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or choice of ground turkey, chicken, pork, ground plant-based alternative)
  • 1 can of Rotel (for those not in the know, it’s chiles, onion, and tomatoes) or if you’re like me and allergic to tomatoes, a can of green chile (1/2 cup fresh chopped) and 1/2 cup finely chopped mirepoix
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning of your choice (In a pinch–a tablespoon garlic powder, onion powder, and a teaspoon of cumin works)
  • 1 tablespoon of Fiji Joe Turmeric
  • Taco Shells of your choice
  • Toppings (lettuce, cheese, cabbage, onion, salsa, guacamole, crema, hot sauce, etc)

Directions:

  • Brown ground beef (or meat of choice) until fully cooked through and drain additional fat. I use a small saucepan vs a frying/sauté pan to accommodate the next steps
  • To the meat, add the can of Rotel (or appropriate substitutes)–do not drain the Rotel! (it’s the liquid for your taco seasoning), taco seasoning, and turmeric and stir.
  • Bring to a simmer/low boil, stir, and turn heat to low to simmer
  • Preheat oven to 350 and bake taco shells for 5-7 minutes until heated through (or follow the directions for your preferred taco shells)
  • Drain excess liquid from taco meat, and serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Have you tried turmeric tacos yet? It gives the recipe an extra depth of flavor and savory-ness. Come back and comment with your experience!

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