Do you love spicy foods, ground beef, and fresh tomatoes? Then chances are that you are a big fan of Mexican food. Across the country, whether or not you’re close to the border, people have discovered the amazing mix of flavors created by simple combinations like cilantro, tomato, beef, onions, and crispy green lettuce. What’s amazing about Mexican food is that so much of it can quickly and easily be transformed into the Paleo diet. The cooking style relies less on grains than other Western recipes and things like tortillas can easily be made with non-grain alternatives. They also eat a lot of items raw, as seen in the proud taco tradition allowing you to stick to delicious paleo purism. Here are three raw paleo recipes, except for the meat of course, based on favorite Mexican meals.
Paleo Plantain Taco Wraps
For all you Mexican food lovers who have gone paleo, you can still have your tortilla-based meals without using wheat or corn as a base. Instead, make use of the often forgotten plantain! Plantains are like giant bananas without the natural sugar so they’re great for savory dishes and make a killer raw tortilla. To start this recipe, first you’ll need to make some plantain tortillas by spreading a flavored plantain paste onto a pan and waiting for it to dry into wraps.
Plantain Tortilla Ingredients
- 12-14 Small Plantains
- 1 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Tbsp of Powdered or Diced Garlic
- 1 Tbsp of Powder or Diced Onions
- 1 Tbsp Powdered Turmeric
- 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp Pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 3/4 Cup Ground Flax
Blend the plantains with a cup of water until they are smooth, then slowly add the rest of the ingredients to form a flavorful paste. When you’re done, blend in another half-cup of water (to preference for consistency). Spread into thin circles on no-stick drying sheets and try to prevent holes. Once they’re dry and have formed tortillas, prepare your cooked ground beef and your tasty raw taco ingredients.
- Cooked Ground Beef
- Simple Salsa or Diced Tomatoes
- Your Favorite Taco Veggies
Now simply stack the ingredients along the center of your plantain tortillas, fold, and enjoy. It’s really as simple as that. Once you get the hang of making plantain wraps, you can start experimenting with paleo tacos by laying out all the possible ingredients and playing Paleo Chipotle alone or with friends at home.
Paleo Taco Lettuce Bowls
Taco salads are one of the greatest traditions of Mexican restaurants and have served hungry people well for decades if not centuries. Of course, that big fried crispy chip bowl is a definite problem for your paleo diet and you wouldn’t want to risk a nibble of grain breaking off and falling into your meal. The brilliant paleo dieting community has since discovered that you can not only make a delicious raw taco salad mix but that a sturdy piece of lettuce is just as good as that chip bowl and doesn’t get as soggy on the bottom by the time you’re ready to eat the dishes and lick your fingers.
- 1 Cup Ground Beef
- 1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper – chopped fine
- 1/2 Orange/Yellow Bell Pepper – chopped fine
- 1/2 Red Onion or 4 Green Onions – minced
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
- 1/2 Garlic Clove – minced
- 1/2 Lime – juice
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 Large Lettuce Leaf – per serving
Making the Paleo Taco Salad
- Combine garlic, lime juice, and olive oil then whisk
- Chop the veggies and fold into your ‘dressing’ and allow to sit for 10 minutes for flavor
- Pull and wash one large lettuce leaf and fold it into a bowl
- Pour mixture into the lettuce leaf and enjoy
If you like to eat your paleo diet raw but miss the old spice mixes, you can’t go wrong with the Mexican style. Chock full of raw tomatoes, onions, garlic, and bell peppers, there’s plenty of opportunity to eat delicious nutrient-packed raw meals with that kick you love. For a special boost of flavor, make sure to cook up your ground beef with plenty of cayenne pepper, cumin, and paprika. Enjoy your paleo Mexican fiesta!