Friday, March 1, 2013

Crispy Paleo Taco shells - a Primal Paleo Indulgence

Here is how you can use my nacho recipe to make great taco shells.


Makes one taco shell

Ingredients :

-  1 to 1 1/2 cups of grated processed cheese (I like to use TexMex mix, but cheddar will work well too.)

For toppings:

-  naco beef,  Cilantro Lime chicken, or  almost-as-good-as Chipotle beef/chicken
-  sour cream
-  salsa
-  more grated cheese

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Directions :

For nacos, the microwave is ideal, but because for tacos you need to have the centre cooked as well, it's better to use a skillet.
  • In a 9" non-stick skillet, sprinkle the cheese in a circle, making sure there are only small gaps. I make one large one because it's easier, but just to show you what it will look like when you're cooking it, here is an example of smaller ones from
  • Heat slowly over medium heat, until the cheese starts to melt and bubble.  When the edges start to brown, turn over with a spatula and cook for a couple of minutes more until it is evenly browned. 
  • Flip it onto a couple of sheets of paper towel to blot the excess oil, then slide it onto a sheet of parchment paper. 
  • Grasping the edges of the parchment paper, slowly fold the cooked cheese in half until you have a taco shape.  Leave to cool completely.  
  • Fill with meat or chicken, sour cream and salsa.  Serve with a side salad.
As the title says, this is an indulgence and you don't want to be eating this much cheese too frequently. But for occasional use, this can give you a similar taste and crunch of a real taco without having to resort to a corn product.

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  1. Perhaps I'm not as educated about Paleo/Primal eating as I thought. I didn't realize that cheese/dairy was part of the Paleo lifestyle.

  2. What is considered Paleo can be confusing. It really depends on who you want to listen to. Some people insist you have to be very strict and give up all dairy. Others, like Mark Sisson are more lenient. (For more information on his plan read my post under weight loss.)

    My personal belief is that nothing should be eaten to excess. I don't think anyone should use a huge amount of dairy just as I think those guys who order 6 eggs and a pound of bacon for breakfast aren't doing themselves any good either.

    Because there are so many different points of view, I try to give recipes to suit everyone, but it's really an individual choice. Use what works for you and your beliefs and leave the rest.

  3. Does the cheese need to be processed..?

    1. I've tried this with regular unprocessed cheese but unfortunately it doesn't melt as well. If you have any better luck let us know. I'm sure there are others who would like another option as well.


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