Pumpkin is amazing for:
From this moment forward ALWAYS add pumpkin to your taco meat and chili. It sounds crazy, but once you do it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. Total game changer.
When it comes to tacos, pumpkin gives ground meat the creamy texture we most readily associate with restaurant tacos. But instead of unhealthy chemicals creating the texture and taste, it’s all natural pumpkin. Too boot pumpkin provides loads of fiber, vitamin A, magnesium and potassium. You officially know the best secret health and beauty weapon around.
1 Pound Lean, Ground Meat (Vegans/Vegetarians use black bean recipe)
1 15 oz. Can Pumpkin Puree – I recommend going with Libby’s
1 15 oz. Can/Jar Stewed Tomatoes, No Sodium Added
1 tsp. Coriander
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Chili Powder
½ tsp. Paprika
¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ tsp. Cinnamon – Yes. Seriously.
¼ tsp. Black Pepper
1 Clove Chopped garlic
½ Cup Chopped Onion
Taco shells of choice
Here's the thing about tacos - you can put whatever toppings you really want on them. To make them as filling and healthy as possible, strive to have the top 2/3 of each taco filled with produce. This includes salsa as it is produce in disguise.
As for the sour cream and/or cheese then goes on top of the produce layer. Not much will physically stay up top though... and that's the point. Your dairy acts as flavor not the majority of the dish. Since you're using a small amount you can totally opt for the organic, full fat dairy products and while saving calories and money.
Cheese – Not preshredded, as it tends to be coated in chemicals, which is not good.
Healthy, Not Really Refried Black Beans
This recipe is also part of the LEGENDARY Multi-Layer Game Day Dip recipe. You can add these amazing beans to your pumpkin tacos or you can even use them in place of the meat mixture if you're looking to cut back on your meat intake or don't eat meat as a whole. Don't short yourself the pumpkin though! Go ahead and be brave and add a can of pumpkin to this recipe.
2 15 oz. Cans Black Beans
1 TBS Grape Seed Oil
1 16 oz Jar Salsa Verde
Cucumber Pico De Gallo
Scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, I discovered that one of my favorite accounts I follow @colorfulfoodie had posted a picture of tacos with cucumbers! Excited with how simple and delicious this idea was and instantly ran to the store to get everything I needed to test drive the idea out. Absolutely amazing! Now my tasty taco recipe includes pumpkin, cucumbers and then tomato puree in place of water. Talk about a nutritional boost!
1 Cucumber, Chopped
1 Bell Pepper, Chopped
2 Tomatoes, Chopped
1/2 Jalapeno, Chopped - The whole thing if you're brave.
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 TBS Olives, Chopped
1/2 Lime - For the juice.
1/2 TBS Cilantro, Chopped
Combine all ingredients. End of story.
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