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HEALTHY (PALEO) INDIAN TACOS

PALEO INDIAN TACOS

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I love these Paleo Indian Tacos. Raised on Indian Tacos, being Métis, one of Canada’s three indigenous peoples, was a significant part of my upbringing, though not on a reserve. My mother instilled our heritage by introducing us to Indian fry bread at a young age, a cherished tradition in our family.

Each summer, I make it a point to attend one of the numerous powwows, where Indian Tacos are a staple. They’re known by various names depending on the local indigenous communities, such as Navajo, Métis, Ojibwa, or Mohawk tacos. Every group has its own traditional recipe. Even Martha Stewart has a recipe for “fry bread,” labeling them as Indian Tacos.

The foundation of this beloved dish is bannock, also known as Indian fry bread, with its preparation and serving style varying by region and family. In Canada, Scottish fur traders introduced fried wheat bread to our First Nations, who adapted it by using cornflour instead of wheat and frying it in pork fat. Navajo fry bread originated 144 years ago when the US government forced Arizona’s indigenous people to relocate 300 miles away to New Mexico.

Indian Tacos can feature a variety of proteins, including ground buffalo, beef, chicken, turkey, or vegetarian alternatives, paired with customizable toppings like lettuce, broccoli coleslaw, chilis, salsa, and more.

This particular recipe opts for a thinner fry bread that’s easily folded for consumption.

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF PALEO INDIAN TACOS?

The main flavors of these Paleo Indian Tacos are spiciness from the taco spice and hint of sweetness from the coconut cream

Almond Flour:

:Almond Flour for PALEO INDIAN TACOS

Almond flour is a nutritious and healthy alternative to wheat flour, providing a range of health benefits. However, like any other food, it should be consumed in moderation as part of a Paleo balanced diet. It is made of ground almonds and has a nutty flavor and a slightly sweet taste.

When it comes to nutrition, almond flour is a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. It is also low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable option for those who follow a low-carb diet. A quarter cup of almond flour contains around 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and only 6 grams of carbohydrates.

This nut flour is also rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, while magnesium and potassium are important minerals that play a role in various bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and blood pressure regulation.

Coconut Flour:

Coconut Flour for PALEO INDIAN TACOS

For Paleo dieters, coconut flour is a popular alternative to wheat flour in gluten-free and low-carb baking. It is made by grinding the meat of the coconut into a fine powder. Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, making it a nutritious addition to your diet.One-quarter cup (30 grams) of coconut flour provides about 120 calories, 4 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of fat, including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are a type of saturated fat that are easily digested and used for energy in the body.

Coconut flour also contains iron, potassium, and small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.Because coconut flour is so high in fiber, it can help regulate blood sugar levels, aid in digestion, and promote feelings of fullness. However, because it is low in carbohydrates, it may not be the best choice for athletes or those with high energy demands.

If you are looking to incorporate coconut flour into your diet, be sure to experiment with different recipes and serving sizes to find what works best for you.

There are several tastes and flavors moving through these Healthy (Paleo) Indian Tacos.  However, the predominant tastes are spiciness due to the taco seasoning and the slight hint of sweetness from the coconut cream.  A glass of non alcoholic rosé wine with a hint of sweetness is ideal.  Just make sure the non-alcoholic wine is low in sugar.  

ZERO ALCOHOL WINE TIPS:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Paleo lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. 

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

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WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

Equipment Needed:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sterilized glass jar (for storing taco seasoning)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Food processor or mixer (optional for making Indian fry bread dough)
  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Paper towels
  • Brush (for buttering fry bread, optional)
  • Plate or serving platter

HOW DO I PREPARE INDIAN FRY BREAD?

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PALEO INDIAN TACOS

PALEO INDIAN TACOS


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Delicious and healthy Paleo Indian Tacos inspired by indigenous traditions. Learn how to make this traditional dish with a modern twist.


Ingredients

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Paleo Taco Seasoning:

1/4 cup tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Indian Fry Bread:

1 cup almond flour

2 tablespoons coconut flour

2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum

1/2 teaspoon GF baking powder

1 Whole Egg + 1 Egg White

1 tbsp Water

2 tbsp olive oil

Butter for lathering on bread (optional)

Ground Chicken Mixture:

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 pound ground chicken

2 tablespoons salt-free taco seasoning*

6 scallions, chopped (leave 2 tablespoons for garnish)

Toppings:

1 avocado, mashed

1 ripe tomato, chopped

1 cup vegan shreddable mozzarella

Coconut cream**


Instructions

  • *Salt-free taco seasoning
  • **Buy canned full-fat coconut milk
  • The cream separates from the coconut water. 
  • Scoop out the coconut cream. 
  • Place into a bowl and whip with a fork.
    To make Taco seasoning, in a bowl mix all ingredients together and transfer to a sterilized glass jar. 
  • Seal tightly.  Keep In a cool, dry place until needed. 
  • Will stay fresh for about 6 months. Use as needed.
  • To make Indian fry bread, in a bowl working by hand or in a food processor or mixer add all dry ingredients.
  • Once combined add eggs and egg whites. Mix until dough begins for form. 
  • Add water 1 tablespoon at a time to pull dough together. 
  • Cover dough in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for an hour. 
    Cut the dough in 4 equal parts and press each section out with cling wrap.
  • Watch the video for instructions! 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  • Fry each flatbread for about 1 min on each side.  Set on paper towel. 
  • Brush with butter. Set aside
  • To make ground chicken, heat olive oil in the same fry pan
  • Add the ground chicken to the pan. 
  • Sauté for 5 minutes and break it up with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  • Continue to cook the ground meat and break it down with the back of a wooden spoon until it’s fully cooked and no pink remains.
  • Remove from heat.  Set in a bowl. 
  • Fold in green onion.
  • To prepare tacos, place one fry bread on a plate. 
  • Top with a portion of chicken mixture, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and top with coconut cream or vegan sour cream. 

Notes

  • You can cut down on the sodium by using a salt-free taco seasoning.  
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: HEALTHY
  • Method: FRYING
  • Cuisine: BRUNCH, LUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 490
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 10
  • Fat: 35
  • Saturated Fat: 6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 24
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 70
  • Fiber: 3.71
  • Protein: 26
  • Cholesterol: 186

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