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Ground Beef and Quinoa Tortillas (Tacos)

Tasty and unfortably delicous ground beef and quinoa tortillas or tacos

Quinoa is super nutritious food, however, initially I had hard time cooking it in a way that is tasty as well. I have been experimenting for some time now, and happy to share one of the best outcomes! The ground beef and quinoa tacos or tortillas are both: healthy and delicious. Enjoy!

Tasty and unfortably delicous ground beef and quinoa tortillas or tacos

Ground Beef and Quinoa Tortillas (Tacos)

This is a delicious taco/tortillas recipe made from ground beef and quinoa. Easy to make and super tasty.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Active Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Skill Level :Beginner
Gluten Free
Nut Free
Dairy Free
Course Kids, Lunch, Main Dish
Calories 217
Servings 10 tortillas
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup tri-color quinoa
  • 10 yellow corn tortillas
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small lemon
  • ½ medium bell pepper
  • ½ cup marinara
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 10 leaves fresh mint

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Wash hands with soap and water. Wash hands after handling the meat too. Check out our article about how to wash hands properly
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  • Gently rub  produce under cold running water. Scrub firm produce with a clean vegetable brush under running  water.
  • Rinse the quinoa using a fine-mesh strainer under cold water for 1-2 minutes
  • With a glass juicer squeeze the lemon. You will need 2 tbsp of the lemon juice
    With a glass juicer squeeze the fresh lemon to add to the amazing ground beef and tri-color quinoa tortillas or tacos
  • Finely chop the fresh leaves of mint.

Cook the quinoa

  • Bring 1 ¼ cups warm water to boil in a stainless steel small saucepan. Add 1 cup of tri-colored quinoa. Boil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat, fluff the quinoa with a fork.
    Boil tri-color quinoa in saucepan for the delicious, tasty and easy ground beef and quinoa tortilals or taco recipe
  • If you are not ready with the mixture when the quinoa has absorbed all the water, then just set aside the quinoa until ready to include in the mixture.

Cook the mixture

  • While the quinoa is cooking, over a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan brown ½ pound ground beef.
    Ground the grass fed, organic ground beef for the delicious and tasty ground beef quinoa tortillas or taco recipe
  • While the ground beef is being browned, fine chop the 2 cloves garlic and the yellow onion. You can also pre-chop it ahead of time. Add to the browned beef and sauté until the onion gets soft (about 2 minutes).
    Chopped onions and garlic for the easy and tasty ground beef and tri-color quinoa tortillas or tacos recipe
  • While the onion and the ground beef are frying, finely chop the ½ bell pepper. Add to the mixture. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Season the mixture with ¼ tsp white ground pepper, ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp cilantro, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and ½ cup marinara. Simmer for 1 minute for the mixture to blend. Add 1/3 warm water, the quinoa, and half of the freshly chopped mint.

Bake dish

  • Pour mixture into the baking dish.
  • Cover (with lid or aluminum foil) and bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes (if you are using cheese, bake until the cheese is melted).
  • Remove from oven and let cool for few minutes.

Assemble the tortillas

  • Cook the tortillas according to package
  • Lay one tortilla on a plate. Add the cooked mixture, avocado, fresh mint, and any other ingredients you enjoy with your tortillas or tacos.
    Assemble the tortillas or tacos by adding the cooked mixture, avocado and freshly chopped mint for garnish for the amazing and tasty grass fed organic ground beef and tri-color quinoa tortillas or tacos recipe
  • Enjoy!
    Tasty and unfortably delicous ground beef and quinoa tortillas or tacos

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Notes

Notes:
  • I like using the tri-color quinoa because I am a fan of balancing nutrients. I believe every color brings different nutrients and when I cook I enjoy balancing them out.
  • I use ground beef, turkey or bison meat. In this recipe, I happen to be using organic grass fed ground beef.
  • You can use black ground pepper instead of the white one. I usually substitute them in my recipes. Just remember to use a little bit more from the black ground pepper as the white one is richer.
  • I use my homemade stock instead of water in this recipe (i.e. when I boil veggies, meat, etc I freeze the stock)
  • We are extremely excited to announce we are now using the saferecipeguide.org guidelines to make our recipe safe-friendly. We will slowly be incorporating the safe recipe guidelines into our recipe instructions!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef and Quinoa Tortillas (Tacos)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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