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Beef Gluten-Free

Picadillo Tacos with Ground Beef and Almonds

Picadillo Tacos just in time for Taco Tuesday!

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Okay, I’ll admit it, when I saw the initial recipe for these tacos in Food and Wine, I was a bit confused.

Almonds and raisins in tacos? Aren’t tacos supposed to be spicy and savory? But anyone who knows me, knows that I prefer sweet over savory, so I decided to give the recipe a try (putting my own spin on it, of course).

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Travis and I were both amazed by how well the almonds and raisins worked in this recipe. The almonds add a delicious crunch and the raisins provided a yummy sweet contrast to the heat of the red pepper flakes.

Vegans and vegetarians, you can make these, too! I’ve also made these Picadillo Tacos with Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles and the recipe turned out really well! Just substitute an equal amount of Beyond Beef plant-based protein for the ground beef and you’re good to go!

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I’ll leave the toppings up to you, but I served these with sliced avocado, shredded cheese and fresh chopped cilantro. And they were deeeeeelish!

Maybe Taco Tuesdays should become a regular thing in our house.

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Picadillo Tacos
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Serves: 4
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. ground beef (I used 93/7 sirloin)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (or tomato puree)
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Corn tortillas (for serving)
  • Shredded cheese (for serving)
  • Sliced avocado (for serving)
  • Shredded lettuce (for serving)
  1. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add the almonds and toast for 4-5 minutes, until golden brown. You should be able to smell them once they are toasted. Remove almonds from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the large skillet heat 2 Tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Next add the spices (cinnamon through red pepper flakes) and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook for 4 minutes or until browned, breaking up large pieces with a spatula or spoon. Add the tomatoes and raisins to the pan, and simmer for 7 minutes, until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir in the sliced almonds.
  4. Serve on corn tortillas with toppings of your choice (shredded cheese, sliced avocado, beans, lettuce, etc.)

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Beef Grilling

Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I can’t decide what is better – having that extra day to relax OR having a short work week. What do you think?

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Did you grill this weekend? Ever since we got our new Weber Grill two weeks ago, we have grilled almost every night. We can’t get enough of it!

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Up until now we haven’t had room for a grill, so we always used our favorite Lodge cast-iron grill pan. I love the grill pan and it does have it’s advantages (e.g. it is much faster to heat up than the charcoal grill). But, given the opportunity (and provided I have enough patience that evening to let the grill heat up) I think going forward we will always opt for the grill. That yummy charcoal flavor on beef, steak, shrimp, corn is really incomparable.

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These grilled ground beef kebabs were a last minute creation. I was really not in the mood for a burger (I had In ‘N Out the day before – and let’s be real people, you just can’t outdo In-N-Out), so we decided to use our ground beef to make something different.

I honestly did not know what to expect – but, HOLY SMOKES, these were out of this world. They were even better than the beef kebabs I had on my birthday dinner (and we went to a very authentic Mediterranean restaurant)!

The ingredients are very simple, and I will bet you already have most of them. It is the combination of spices and the delicious grilled char that really makes these special.

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They grill up quickly, so be sure to watch them to make sure they do not overcook.

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We ate ground beef kebabs with grilled onion and bell pepper, grilled corn on the cob, and roasted red pepper hummus for dipping. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!


Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (we used 93/7 from Whole Foods)
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • pinch teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5-6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  1. Combine all ingredients (ground beef through ground black pepper) in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Separate the mixture into 5-6 balls. Roll each into a log about 1.5 inches thick and 5-6 inches long. Insert a skewer through each log. Place on a baking sheet or cutting board and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this part is important to ensure the meat holds together when they are grilled).
  3. Heat a charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Grill the kebabs for 3-4 minutes on first side and then flip and grill for an additional 3 minutes, making sure to watch them as to not overcook. Remove from grill and serve immediately with hummus and/or tzatiki.