I have found a culinary savior in this still-new-to-me world without gluten. Corn tortillas. Not quite bread, but just enough softness and warmth to remind me that I am not missing out on a thing. Now, I’m no stranger to the corn tortilla. I have preferred them to their flour counterparts for some time now. Simpler ingredients, fewer calories, and most importantly, an earthy flavor that adds an element of authenticity to whatever I decide to wrap it around.
Last night we busted out said saviors and had ourselves one heck of a taco night. I created my own taco seasoning out of what was already in our spice rack. While I hate to admit it, we have been longtime lovers of those prepackaged taco kits. There are certainly worse things one could have for dinner, but when it’s so easy to eliminate something not so great, then why not just do it? I combined cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and black pepper and it worked just as well as the mass-produced envelopes we are all too familiar with around here.
In lieu of a dairy component, I kept the tacos from being bland with a deconstructed guacamole and refried beans. Sliced avocado, lemon juice, salt, tomato, and cilantro layered over a layer of beans. Fresh, light, and so perfect in a warm corn tortilla.
Ground Turkey Tacos with Deconstructed Guacamole (Serves 3-4)
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
additional dash of salt and pepper
1/4 cup water
9-12 white corn tortillas
10 oz can refried beans
1 avocado, ripe
6 grape tomatoes, sliced
15 cilantro leaves, chopped
juice of half a lemon
In a skillet on medium-high heat, brown ground turkey and season with dash each of salt and pepper. Once meat is near fully cooked, add in spice mix and 1/4 cup water. Let water a spices reduce for 5-7 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300. Warm tortillas for 3-5 minutes, or until golden.
Slice avocado and remove pit. Place slices in a bowl and add lemon juice, tomatoes, cilantro, and salt. Blend together with a fork, roughly chopping ingredients to combine.
Spread a thin layer of beans on a warm tortilla, add a spoonful of beef, a spoonful of guacamole, fold and enjoy!