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Add flavor, nutrient intensity and style to your Taco Tuesdays with this complex dish made simple. Everyone loves tacos but they get a reputation as fast/street food - more about comfort and less about health. This recipe combines the benefits of grass fed beef, sprouted grains and fresh herbs to make a tempting taco that will pack a healthy performance punch! 

ingredients and instructions

1 teaspoon raw organic honey (local if possible)

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Juice of 1/2 of a large orange

Salt & pepper to taste

Ezekiel corn tortillas

Sour cream

Cilantro (organic)

Pickled red onions (recipe to below)

2 tablespoon butter for sauce + 1 tablespoon for heating taco shells

1/2 onion; diced (organic)

2 cloves garlic; minced

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cup beef stock

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

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BBQ SAUCE: Add butter to saucepan and heat over medium. Add diced onions and sauté until caramelized. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn heat down to low and combine remaining ingredients, cook on low for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce for a spicier BBQ sauce.

SHORT RIBS: Salt and pepper beef short ribs and place in crock pot and smother with BBQ sauce. Cook in crock pot on low for 8 hours. Allow short ribs to cool before removing the meat. Shred or chop the beef depending on your preference. Pour remaining BBQ sauce into a small bowl and whisk.

TACOS: Place tortilla shells on a cookie sheet and brush with melted grass-fed butter on both sides. Place in the broiler for 5 minutes each side, or until warmed and softened. Top tortillas with beef, sour cream, pickled onions, cilantro, and BBQ sauce. Enjoy!


4-6 whole cloves

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

1 teaspoon raw organic honey (local if possible)

1 1/2 large organic red onion

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

2 bay leafs

3 tablespoons black peppercorns

Boil 6 cups water. Thinly slice onion in rounds. Heat apple cider vinegar and honey in a small saucepan. Place onion slices in a mesh colander and pour boiling water over them, slowly, being careful to cover each onion. Place onions in a mason jar, or similar large glass container that you can cover. Pour in apple cider vinegar mixture and combine all other ingredients. Gently stir with a fork, and press down onions so that they are all covered by the liquid. Cover and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate. Onions are best left to ‘pickle’ for 2-3 days before enjoying.

take home

These tacos are a great example of how you can spice up your boring recipe routines and make them more nutritious at the same time. Cooking with real, fresh food ingredients at home is a critical step in getting real health and performance results from your nutrition efforts. 


 Andrews, R. (n.d.). All about grains: Here's what you need to know. Retrieved May 25, 2015, from  


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