Before I found out I had celiac disease and went gluten-free, I relied on those taco seasoning packets you’d purchase at the store in order to make tacos at home.
I was a clueless cook.
But then, once I went gluten-free, those cheap taco seasoning packets spelled danger.
Many of the had hidden gluten inside, and on top of that, the ingredient list was packed full of weird stuff I didn’t recognize.
Fast forward many years, and I’m a better and much more confident baker. I love making tacos – in fact – I think I make them almost once per week in my house. Everyone loves taco night – and this mama likes making food that everyone enjoys!
If you’re going to make gluten-free taco meat at home, forgo the cheap taco seasoning packets. They are unnecessary. Trust me. You can make your own taco seasoning at home with a few seasonings in your spice cabinet, along with some picante sauce (optional).
Today, I rarely eat traditional tacos. Instead, I eat the meat inside a bowl usually topped with yummy ingredients. I guess you could call it a deconstructed taco. I don’t like eating a lot of corn products (and obviously flour tortillas are off limits). I’d rather enjoy the meat topped with veggies, and sometimes I’ll even add rice to the bottom of the dish.
Here is a photo of a delicious Whole30 compliant taco bowl. The taco meat is on a bed of lettuce, and then topped with my homemade guacamole (the best guac you’ll ever have, trust me) and some fresh sliced mango (look at how ripe those babies are!).
If you’re looking for a gluten-free taco meat recipe – one that is foolproof, easy and clean, then look no further than my gluten-free taco meat recipe.
Remember, the beauty of this recipe (and many recipes you make) is that you can season it up or down depending on your tastebuds. I like my gluten-free taco meat with a little kick and lots of onion and garlic. But you might like it less seasoned. Use the measurements below only as a guideline and play with the ingredients to find your just-right taco meat recipe.
Gluten-Free Taco Meat Recipe
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 lbs. organic ground turkey or beef
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. Fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup GF chicken broth
- 1/2 cup GF mild salsa of choice (optional)
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add garlic and meat and continue cooking until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. (Be sure to break up meat as you mix it.)
Add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper to meat mixture. Mix well.
Add chicken broth and mix well. Simmer on medium high until sauce is incorporated into the meat. Add extra chicken broth if needed to ensure mixture doesn't get too dried out.
Add optional salsa and simmer on low for another 2 minutes.
Serve with your favorite taco fixings and enjoy!