I don't know if this recipe is really “Mexican”. I don't know the first thing about Mexican cuisine except for what I eat in the standard American Mexican restaurants, and it seems like this would fit (sans the taco shell, cheese, beans, and sour cream). Hmm, maybe not so much Mexican then.
Also, die-hard Paleo people will tell me that this really isn't “Paleo” because I used raw cashews for my sauce. Nuts and legumes can be a no-no for people who are trying to heal their digestive system, and I personally don't eat them very often because of this. But you would be surprised at the energy involved in debating nuts and beans versus legume-free out in the Inter-webs.
Therefore, I named this recipe “Mexican-like and almost Paleo” Boats. Wouldn't want to start an international conflict or anything.
This dish is grain free, gluten free, and dairy free but does not lack in taste!
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- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 frozen raw liver cubes, or a small palm-sized piece of liver pureed in food processor (optional, but adds a good whollop of hidden vitamins and minerals)
- 2-3 cabbage or bibb lettuce leaves for the shell per person (cabbage holds up a bit better with the sauce)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
- handful of fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 T chili powder
- 1 T cumin
- 3 T nutritional yeast flakes (gives the sauce a “cheesy” flavor)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Saute the onions and garlic in a little bit of oil briefly, until onion translucent.
- Add the ground meat, liver (if using), chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until meat no longer pink.
- Meanwhile, add the drained cashews and about 1/3 cup water to a Vitamix or good blender/food processor. Also add the cilantro and nutritional yeast flakes. Blend and add more water if needed for a creamy, sour cream-like texture.
- To serve, choose cabbage or lettuce leave large enough to make a “boat”. Add a scoop of meat, a dollop of sauce, and chopped tomatoes. I end up wrapping the leaf around it all to make a mini burrito or taco. Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand if doing it this way as it can get quite messy!