Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Indian Beef Lettuce-Tacos

Here is another recipe that is simple to prepare but makes a big impact.  I used fresh ground sirloin because it is a bit leaner and more tender than regular ground beef (and let's get honest, it was on sale).  You could also use lean ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken if you prefer.  I bought a package of "Living Boston Leaf Lettuce" at the grocery store and used each leaf as my taco.  Another great alternative is butter lettuce because it is so tender and forgiving.  This aromatic meal takes less than 30 minutes to make which is perfect for a fast weeknight dinner.  It would also make a great appetizer or party idea (self-serve tacos anyone?!) Enjoy!

A simple, healthy, delicious meal in less than 30 minutes
2tbs virgin coconut oil
1tbs minced garlic
1/4c minced ginger
2lb ground sirloin (or other lean beef or poultry)
1tbs coriander
1tbs paprika
1/4tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp ground cloves
1tsp cumin
1/2tsp cayenne
2tsp onion powder
2tsp garlic powder
2tsp salt plus more to taste
1/2tsp pepper
chopped cilantro, for serving
1 head Boston leaf lettuce

1. In a large nonstick pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat.  Add your minced garlic and ginger and cook until beginning to soften, a couple of minutes.  Add your ground beef and cook until almost browned.  Add the remainder of your spices and stir well.  Cook until the beef is fully cooked through and the spices have simmered and matured, about 10 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
2. Fill each lettuce leaf with 1/3c meat mixture.  Top with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

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