Source:  A Food Centric Life

Everyone needs quick and easy recipes these days, so here is my latest one. We’ve been eating this 2-3 times a week for lunches because it’s so easy and tastes so good. For variety, make 10-minute taco filling with dark ground turkey, dark ground chicken, or lean ground beef (15%), Choose what you prefer. Ground bison would be good too. Serves 2-3 (can be easily doubled for 4-6 servings).


1/2 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular if that is what you have)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon (or more) of crushed Urfa chilies (optional, see post)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 ounces ground meat (dark turkey, 15% beef, dark chicken or bison)
1 tablespoon water
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped (optional)
2 small tomatillos, chopped (optional)

Options to Serve and Garnish

  • – Butter lettuce leaves for wraps or tortillas for tacos
  • – Chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
  • – lime wedges
  • – Fresh chopped tomatoes
  • – Salsa of choice
  • – Finely sliced cabbage
  • – Top with Creamy avocado sauce


  • – Heat a large saute pan over medium low heat. Add oil, then add onion and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Add garlic and cook another 1 minute.
  • – Add the spices and chilies, stirring so they are coated in the oil and onion and cook 1 minute. If it seems dry add another teaspoon of oil.
  • – Turn the heat to medium and add meat to the pan in chunks. Cook meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or wooden spatula. Stir and turn the meat until it is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Add a 1 tablespoon of water and stir to release any spices form the pan bottom and keep meat juicy. Add the tomatoes and tomatillos (if using). Stir to heat through, then serve.
  • – For serving options use butter lettuce leaves for grain-free, low-carb wraps or in whole grain corn tortillas for tacos. Garnish as desired.

You can double this recipe to serve 4-6 people with 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat or poultry of choice. Double the quantity will take a few minutes longer to cook.

For additional delicious recipes and informative articles, check out Sally’s blog A Food Centric Life.