I prefer to call this GAPS Diet taco meat recipe “Mexican-style Ground Beef,” because when you mention taco meat to your family, they’ll expect tortillas or chips. While you can make GAPS tortillas with coconut flour, I don’t choose to spend my time that way unless it’s a special occasion. I just tell my family that they’ll like this recipe because they like tacos.

Well-seasoned ground meats are also an easy way to sneak organ meats into meals. A ratio that includes 20-30% liver (or organ blend) will typically not be detected in this recipe.

GAPS Diet taco meat can be served over a salad with avocado, fresh tomatoes, homemade sour cream, cilantro, green onions, and a spicy kraut, or simply as a meaty main dish with simply cooked veggies on the side.

GAPS Diet Taco Meat Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon lard or tallow
  • 1 small onion, chopped small (about 2/3 cup)
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef with organs (other ground meats will work too)
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Ground black or white pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the lard or tallow in a medium skillet over medium heat until hot and shimmering.
  2. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, spices, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add ground beef and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce, chicken stock, and apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat so that no chunks remain, until the liquid has reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes (the mixture should not be completely dry).
  7. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper, to taste.

This GAPS Diet taco meat recipe makes a great leftover as the seasonings continue to meld together. Or double the batch and freeze half for a future quick meal.

Serves 4.


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