Beef Burritos with Tomatillo Salsa

I made the Chili Verde Chicken Enchiladas from Against All Grain and loved them, but wanted to make a beef option.  These turned out well and are not loaded with sodium and all the other junk you would consume at a Mexican restaurant.

I would recommend making the paleo wraps and tomatillo salsa beforehand so that this dish comes together quickly when you are ready to put it together.  

beef burritos

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 Tbsp fat of choice (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 3 cups homemade tomatillo salsa
  • 8 paleo wraps
  • Shredded cheese of choice (optional – I used monterey jack cheese)

Directions:

Heat fat of choice in skillet and add diced onions and garlic.  Cook until translucent.  Add ground beef and brown all the way through.  Add 2 cups of salsa and stir to combine.  Fill each wrap with a little ground beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese (if using cheese).  Roll up carefully and place in 9X13 pan with the seam facing down.  Sprinkle a little cheese on top and cook in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Beef Burritos

 

**I had close to 1/2 a cup of the ground beef mixture left over.  I used it the next morning to make an omelette.  It was so good!

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Paleo Wraps

This recipe is from Against All Grain.  It can be labor intensive so I usually double this recipe and have two simultaneous pans going to save time.  My heavily seasoned 8 inch cast iron skillet is my pan of choice. 

I absolutely love these things!  They are extremely versatile.  I have used them to make enchiladas, breakfast burritos to using them as a bread replacement to make just about any sandwich you can imagine.

This recipe typically yields 8-10 wraps

Paleo Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp coconut flour, melted
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder or tapioca starch
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Coconut oil for pan

Directions:

Pre-heat coconut oil in skillet over medium high heat.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk or hand mixer.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes so coconut flour absorbs moisture.  Stir mixture one more time and then scoop ¼ cup into the heated pan.  Turn the pan in a circular motion so a thin layer covers the entire bottom of pan. Cook a few minutes until you see bubbles and bottom is lightly browned.  Flip the wrap and cook on other side for about a minute.  Continue with remaining batter while adding more oil every 3 to 4 wraps or as needed.

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Tomatillo Salsa

I am obsessed with this salsa!  It’s not too spicy and full of flavor.  After trying this one, you will not want to ever buy it premade from the store again.  I use this salsa on just about anything.

This recipe is from Against All Grain.

tomatillo salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs tomatillo, husked and rinsed
  • 1 serrano chili, cut off stem
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • Tbsp fat of choice

 

Directions:

Roast the poblano pepper under a broiler until charred on all sides.  Put in airtight container for 15 minutes.  Peel off skin and scrape out seeds.

Boil a large stockpot of water on stove.  Add tomatillos, serrano chili and garlic and simmer for 15 minutes.  Do not overcook or the tomatillos will burst open.  Drain the water and add the cooked tomatillos, serrano chili, garlic and roasted pobablo pepper to a food processor.  Process until a smooth salsa forms.

Heat a skillet with a Tbsp of fat of choice (olive oil is what I used).  Add the salsa to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes to let some water evaporate and allow salsa flavor to intensify.  Add ½ Tbsp of salt, stir and serve.

This makes +/-3 cups of salsa.  I usually double this recipe because I love it so much!!!

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Paleo Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy

This recipe saved my friend’s marriage.  Okay, so not really but it did convince her husband that eating ‘paleo’ does not have to taste awful.  

Cube steak is not something I would typically buy at the store, but there were several pounds of it when we purchased half a cow from Indian Creek Angus.  I love southern food so figured chicken fried steak would satisfy one of those Biscuit Barn cravings.     

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Ingredients:

  • 1lb grassfed cube steak, cut into serving sizes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • Grapeseed oil

Directions:

Put grapeseed oil in cast iron skilled and heat over medium heat.  Mix almond flour, salt, garlic powder, black, pepper, cayenne powder and smoked paprika in a bowl.  Beat the two eggs and put in another bowl.  Put tapioca flour in a third bowl.  Dry the cube steak and dredge in tapioca flour.  Shake off excess and dip in to egg.  Then put in to almond flour.  Put in skilled and cook 90 seconds on each side.  Be careful to skillet is not too hot so you do not burn the cube steak.  Put cooked steaks on paper to drain off excess oil as you cook in batches.

Paleo Gravy

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp bacon fat
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp tapioca flour
  • ¼ to ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Directions:

Heat small stockpot over medium heat and combine tapioca flour and bacon fat.  Whisk constantly for a minute.  Slowly add coconut milk and continue to whisk for another minute.  Then add S&P to taste.

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Paleo Beef Peppers and Broccoli Stir Fry

This is an easy dish that everyone likes in my house.  I have one child who will eat broccoli and another who will eat sweet peppers.  This recipe caters to both without making it difficult for myself.   We eat the meat and veggies as is, but feel free to make cauliflower rice if desired.

Beef, Peppers and Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb top round steak, sliced against the grain – 1/8 inch thickness
  • 3 medium bell peppers (variety of color), sliced into julienne strips
  • 2 small heads broccoli florets, cut in to bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup coconut aminos or tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
  • 1.5 Tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and add the peppers and broccoli and cook 8-12 minutes to your preference.  If you cook over low heat for long period, they will be tender.  If you cook over medium-high heat, they will be al dente.

While the peppers are cooking, combine coconut aminos/tamari, arrowroot starch and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the sliced beef to the bowl and stir to coat beef thoroughly.

Remove peppers and broccoli from skillet, put in to a serving bowl and set aside.

Increase the burner to high heat and add remaining oil to the skillet. Once the oil starts to shimmer, cook the beef until browned. Remove the beef and put in to the serving bowl with peppers and broccoli.

To make the sauce, add 1/3 cup of water to the skillet and stir through until the pan is deglazed. Cook until reduced in half for a few minutes. Add to the beef, peppers and broccoli.

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Bacon and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

My friend Teri and Against All Grain inspired this recipe.  It’s a little labor intensive, but can be prepped ahead of time to make it an easy weeknight meal.  I’m also thinking about making extra next time and freezing for my busy school schedule.

My intention was to make roulades, but it’s almost impossible to roll these up with all the yummy bacon and apple stuffing.  You will probably need to close them with toothpicks to keep everything from spilling out.

Bacon apple stuffed chicken breast

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken breast, pounded out to 1/8 inch thickness
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • 3 small granny smith apples (about 2 cups), diced small
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp fat of choice (I used ghee)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Sauté the bacon in a medium high skillet for roughly 10 minutes. You only want to cook long enough to render the fat.  Do not let the bacon get crispy.  Remove the bacon and add the onions to the pan.  Cook until they caramelize, stirring often for 10-15 minutes.  Add bacon, apples and goat cheese to the pan.  Turn off the heat and gently stir until goat cheese melts and incorporates into the mixture.

Cover the chicken with saran wrap and pound the chicken breast to 1/8 inch thickness.  Divide the apple/bacon mixture among the chicken breast.  Starting with the smallest end, roll the chicken up tightly and secure with toothpicks.

Heat 1 Tbsp of your fat of choice to the skillet.

Cut the cauliflower into bite size florets.  Toss in 1 Tbsp fat of choice (I used ghee, but melted coconut oil would work as well) and 1 Tbsp lemon juice.  Lay the cauliflower on to a sheet pan and roast in oven for 12 minutes.

While the cauliflower is cooking, brown the chicken for 5 minutes each side in the heated skillet.

After chicken is browned on both sides, add to the sheet pan of cauliflower and bake 10 minutes.

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Beef Stew

It’s cold and overcast outside so I wanted comfort food for dinner.  I also had a few cups of thawed beef broth in the refrigerator that I needed to use. The soup paired well with paleo dinner rolls from Paleo Spirit.  The rolls are a must try.  They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  Very simple to make and I’ve tested them out on avid bread eaters.

beef stew

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs beef stew meat (grass-fed beef)
  • 2 Tbs fat of choice (I used grapeseed oil)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups homemade beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 5 large carrots, bite size chunks
  • 3 ribs celery, bite size chunks
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca flour

Directions:

Heat fat of choice in large dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add beef stew meat and brown on all sides.  After meat browns, deglaze the pan with red wine.  Then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, onion, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, coconut sugar and dash of ground cloves.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook an hour and a half.  Add carrots and celery, cover and simmer another 30 minutes.  After the vegetables are cooked, remove about a cup of the hot liquid and add tapioca flour.  Stir well to make sure all the starch is dissolved and then add back to the soup.  Continue to cook a few minutes until it thickens.

 

 

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