Healthy Taco Bowls

I declare a recipe to be a success when I make it a few times in one month. I'd say it's a damn masterpiece when I make it weekly for two months. This, my friends, is a Van Gogh. I have been testing various versions of this recipe for 6 months. Initially starting out as a lasagna, then moving to a casserole, before finally settling on a bowl. 

I LOVE tacos, but I'm super lazy about making Paleo friendly tortillas. And since I never want to do that, the only time I end up eating them is when I decide to splurge somewhere that has gluten free corn tortilla shells. But with the mouthwatering #tacotuesday trend, that's overtaken instagram, I've been craving them more and more lately. So I guess you could credit social media with giving me the inspiration/motivation for this dish.

These taco bowls are simple to make but pack a punch of flavor. I use a slightly seasoned base of sweet potato, pepper and onions that balance perfectly with the taco meat. The meat itself carries flavor from taco seasoning with an added punch of green chiles which round it out so nicely. I like to top with some jalapeno for added spice, but if you are someone who can handle fire in your mouth (aka I'm a spice wuss) then I'd say add it throughout the dish. Also, if you receive a gift from God in the form of a perfectly ripe avocado...throw some slices on it. It's the ultimate topper.

Side note: I say this recipe makes 4-6 servings. That's because I am super full on one bowl of it, but my boyfriend tends to eat 1.5-2 bowls each time we make it. So, depending on your appetite, you'll end up with 4-6 servings. 

Healthy Taco Bowls

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Healthy Taco Bowls
These grain free taco bowls are healthy + simple to make but pack a punch of flavor.
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cans diced green chiles
  • to taste taco seasoning
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red or white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
  • 2 tsp + addtl to taste salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Avocado *optional for serving
  • Jalapeno slices *optional for serving
1. Melt 2 tbsp of oil or butter in a large pan. Add in sweet potatoes and cover. Cook on low-med for 10 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.
2. In separate pan, begin browning your ground beef.
3. After 10 mins, remove the lid from your sweet potatoes and add in the peppers, onions & jalapeno (if using). Continue to cook for another 15 mins or until your veggies have softened. Stir frequently to avoid burning. 
4. Once your beef is fully cooked, drain out the fat and return the beef to it's pan. Add in your taco seasoning, green chiles and about 1/4 cup of water. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the water is fully absorbed. 
5. While meat is simmering, add salt, onion powder and garlic powder to the sweet potato mixture.  Stir to combine and then turn your heat to low and leave it on the stove until your meat is done.
6. Combine meat into your sweet potato mixture and stir. 
7. Scoop into a bowl and serve with a few slices of jalapeno or avocado!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings

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