Taco Tuesday – Gluten Free and Grain Free Versions

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!

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Tuesday rolled around this week and the kids were disappointed there were no tacos.  They’ve been talking about Taco Tuesday for a while, and still I have not delivered.  Imagine having a specific recipe one day a week?  That would make life that much simpler.

I don’t eat the tacos myself, but I really enjoy Taco Salad.  I just find them messy, but my husband absolutely adores them and the mess doesn’t bother him.  We just put a lot of napkins out on the table, and keep a sweet drink on the table to put out any mouth fires from the hot sauce.

It’s a really fun food and great for an informal gathering too!  No need for a casserole or roast every time you have guests over.

We usually use hard taco shells and have a taco salad (recipe included) to go with it.  I make my own seasoning (recipe included) which is delicious!  We also sometimes make taco shells out of grated cheese (recipe included).

After putting meat in the taco shell (we buy flat bottomed shells when possible – they stand up on their own), we have a variety of toppings for people to choose from:  Frank’s Hot Sauce, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and grated cheese.  You could also include finely diced tomatoes.

Just pan fry your ground beef in a pan until cooked and crumbled.  Next add seasoning (with a touch of water, if needed, to help it to mix in), and serve!

The left-over meat can easily be make into a chili, so don’t be afraid to make too much.

TACO SEASONING (for 1 pound of meat)

(make sure that each individual spice is gluten free, if needed)

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

 

TACO SALAD

Cut up a bowlful of lettuce.  Add some French or Catalina salad dressing to the lettuce and toss until well coated.  Next add in salsa, and mix again.  Toss in some meat and you’re done!  Optional add-ins:  tomatoes, grated cheese and crushed corn chips.

CHEESE TACO SHELLS

On a dinner plate, place a square of parchment paper.  Place a handful of grated cheese on the paper, spreading it out into a circle.  Microwave for approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds (microwaves will vary).  After removing from the microwave, fold the cheese and paper into a taco shell shape as it cools (shouldn’t take long).  It will hold its shape and add your taco meat and toppings as desired.

 

 

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