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Simple Beef Street Tacos

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Takin’ it to the streets!

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I . . . don’t know what that means.

BUT, after finding out I passed my (SECOND stab-o-tron) glucose test, and passing another test that shows I don’t need to be on bed rest (at least at this point), aaaand watching my dawg frolic and play like a normal little bean, we’re celebrating taco-style. In the streets. We’re dancing in the streets. Martha and the Vandella’s-style. But only for a little bit because my legs hurt already.

By the way, I can’t thank you enough for your sweet words about my Charlie girl. I teared up 58,235 times. HORMONES.

So, street tacos only rule the entire universe. I call them street tacos because I made them the way our little food trucks make them, with two grilled and stacked corn tortillas per taco, a seasoned meat, chopped white onion and cilantro. That’s it. No cheese, no frill, nerthrriiinnnn.

Sometimes they serve it with a little cabbage-y slaw thing, and my husband would be okay if 86% of his body was made up with cabbage, so that was a duh situation.

Just red cabbage, cilantro and lots of lime juice!

If you hate cilantro you’ve probably just jumped out a five-story window. Just use a little! Don’t you hate it when people tell you that? “You won’t even taste it!” It’s like, you won’t even taste my fist in your face.

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This time I seasoned up some minced organic beef and it was so absolutely perfect I wanted to scream. But you can do whatever you fancy! Chicken, turkey, shrimp, a MIX? Oh man, invite me over when you do that.

You can keep it as simple as this next photo – just meat, onions, cilantro and lime wedges. And that’s great and beautiful and you’re a really good person.

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OR, you could be a troll like me and add roasted sweet potato chunks, strands of the cabbage slaw and little drizzles of as many sauces and salsas as you can possibly find. And we’re still really good people, dangit.

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Get streety! (in a very wholesome way)

Simple Beef Street Tacos:

What it took for 6 tacos:

* 1 sweet potato, cut into a small dice
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
* 1 cup cilantro, divided
* 1 lime
* 1 pound organic ground beef (I used 85/15)
* 2 tsp cumin, plus a dusting for the sweet potatoes
* 2 tsp chili powder, plus a dusting for the sweet potatoes
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 cup chopped white onion
* 12 corn tortillas
* sliced avocado, for garnish
* various hot sauces or salsas

Preheat oven to 400. Toss the diced sweet potatoes with the oil, and a dusting of chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, or until tender.

Toss the cabbage with half the cilantro and lime juice.

Bring a sauté pan to a medium high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned all over. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Taste and add more salt if needed.

Toast or grill the tortillas to your liking. Just get ‘em a little warm. And toasty. And corny.

Serve tacos with beef, onions, cilantro, cabbage, sweet potatoes, avocado and sauces of your choice! And more lime wedges. Always more lime wedges.

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I want 17.

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28 Responses to Simple Beef Street Tacos

  1. Katie November 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    So glad you passed your second test! Yipee. Street tacos definitely in order.

    (squeeze Charlie for me!)

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 21, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Yay for no bed rest! And I love that you added sweet potato

  3. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion November 21, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    drooling over here. For most of us, dogs are like our babies…. at least our first babies

  4. Ruthy @ Omeletta November 21, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Woohoo for passing the glucose test! I can’t believe you had to do it TWICE- once was enough for me. Guh-rossness all around.
    I LOVE these streetwise tacos! With the sweet potatoes and sauce and cilantro and I’m a fat kid so I’d probably go trashy and add sour cream, too.

  5. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps November 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Why do street tacos ALWAYS taste better than normal tacos? These are making my stomach do hungry pain flip flops.

  6. Megan November 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Make way, I’m coming in!!! I’m going to devour them all!!

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Ok fine but I get the 18th one.

  8. kelley November 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Perfect! We love tacos in our house- these look like they wouldn’t last long. I’m so with you on the million and one sauces. The more the merrier.

  9. Tieghan November 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Yay for passing your test!! Tacos are a must for sure! I am all for sweet potatoes in tacos (I have some going up Monday). Oh and I am all about sauces!!

  10. Paula – bell’alimento November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Watch out for cars while dancing in the street. ;) These street tacos are making me very hunger! I love the fresh flavors!

  11. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 22, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    i like how you are celebrating – taco is the way to go :)

  12. Amy @Very Culinary November 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Gimme.

  13. Ambar November 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Let me just say that i haven’t ate dinner yet and this recipe seems like the perfect quick and easy meal to do right now! Thanks!

  14. Jess@pestosprouts December 10, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    These look so good, I’ve kept the tab open so I can just flick back and drool at the photos.

  15. Roberto Miranda April 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Enough with ground beef!! Mexicans we do not use ground beef for tacos period! Get sum milanesa espaldilla thinly sliced beef finely chopped

    • LOL June 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Hahaha It’s true, American tacos (e.g. Taco Bell and hard shell tacos) all use ground beef but actual street/Mexican tacos are “carne asada” which is thin, grilled meat, like you said. Still, I appreciated this recipe, it’s definitely a quick and dirty way to do things though not authentic. Pictures look great though.

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