Mama Julie Cooks
Taco Bowls - Healthy and Keto Friendly
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
Mama Julie’s Taco Meat
4 lbs. ground beef
4 slices of bacon ( more of less if you want )
1-2 cups chopped onion
2-3 tsp. cumin – You might need more if it isn’t fresh ground or you have had it a while.
2 tsp. ground coriander
2 Tbsp. mild chili powder – you can use hot if you like it hotter however I make this so everyone can eat it in my family…but hey you do you!!!
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 – 1 ½ Tbsp. Lawry’s garlic salt
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Knorr Homestyle Stock Beef tub
1 tsp. Lakanto monkfruit or sweetener of your choice. You want a slight hint of sweetness to balance out the spices.
2 tsp. sweet smoked paprika
Fresh ground black pepper
Lettuce washed and dried ready to go for the
Lime wedges – you can squeeze a little fresh lime juice on each bowl or allow each person to do it for themselves.
See below for toppings.
Now no joke I will at times triple this recipe and make 12 pounds of ground beef at a time. Some goes for the current week and the rest will go in the freezer for future easy meals. If your making this for the first time however you might want to stick with the base recipe.
Allow your pot to warm up before adding the bacon. This will help whatever your cooking not too stick. Fry the bacon until it is done and set aside so it can cool. Once the bacon has cooled we are going to chop it up and add it back into our taco meat for additional flavor!!! The bits and pieces and bacon fat will be left behind to cook our other ingredients in. If you used a lot of bacon you may want to remove some of the bacon fat.
Cook the onions for several minutes or until they have a little color to them. Add in your ground beef and all the herbs and spices. Chop up your bacon into small pieces and add that back into the pot. While the ground beef cooks the bits of bacon will render down a little bit and release their yummy flavor and baste the rest of your beef!!! Cook until the ground beef is all done.
Notes: Now I like to make this up on the weekends and have it ready for everyone for the week. If you aren’t low carb you can use this for tacos and one trick I started doing for the non keto folks in my family is that I take two torillas and put cheese in the middle and pan fry it just like a quesadilla. Before it gets too crispy I remove it and use this entire quesadilla as my taco shell. Not only is it delicious but the cheese in the middle keeps your tortilla from tearing.
Toppings I like to use:
Guacamole and salsa or ( pico de gallo ) see my video for a recipe on that if you want.
Sliced green onion
Note: You can also use the taco meat on top of scrambled eggs in the morning and top with whatever toppings you want. It makes an excellent breakfast bowl.
This is also great when you have company coming over. You can put all the toppings out and have the taco meat keeping warm in a crock pot on low.