Reminiscent of everyone’s childhood.

When I grew up (the processed food loving 80’s), tacos were made from factory-farmed ground beef and an MSG loaded seasoning packet. Re-fried beans directly from a can. Only Hal, the packaging manager at the local food canning plant, knew exactly what oil went into those beans. As a private chef, the ultimate challenge is finding kid-friendly meals that parents crave, too. Those rare meals that feed the whole table are treasures, saved for the time-sensitive evenings when I need to slip out for a movie-date with John.

Like spaghetti with a great marinara sauce, tacos seem to please folks across the board. Reminiscent of everyone’s childhood, tacos are interactive, which seems to promote lively conversation and a laid back atmosphere. But our taco seasoning packet ways need a little face-lift, and without too much effort, tacos can be easy and healthy. No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. (Nothing like a dirty bathwater analogy as an appetizing introduction to a recipe, right?)

So, here’s your very own Homemade Taco Meat and Traditional Re-Fried Beans recipes, as well as a list of standard taco toppings. I use bison meat (also called “buffalo” here in the US) for my tacos. Bison is a delicious, nutritious meat that has not been significantly altered by our factory farming ways. It has remained mostly wild and mostly grass-fed, plus bison are native animals to the North America. As for the re-fried beans, I use pastured lard to cook the beans. Pastured means that the pigs have had plenty of room to roam about and live a healthy pig life. Lard from well-treated animals was a super-food of the past, and I feel it will re-gain its status in the future. If you have trouble sourcing lard, I often use a reputable company called US Wellness Meats.

Click HERE for The New Taco Dinner recipe…

If you add even one new homemade item into your standard taco fare your family will appreciate the difference…

xo – Organic Spark


  • Tyler

    That taco looks soooo good!

    I'm hungry all of a sudden

    June 30, 2009
  • country girl

    Yum, that taco looks fandiddlyastic! I really miss good mexican food, there are no corn tortillas to be found here.

    July 1, 2009
  • Ashlee Gadd

    Mmmm, this looks yummy! Would be great with ground turkey too, for those who don't cook with ground beef =)

    July 6, 2009
  • Molly

    Thanks for coming by to all three of you!

    Ashley – It is really good with ground turkey. I have made it with that many times. These specific measurements of spices are for beef, but just add a little more or less for turkey to suit your palate. Thanks again for coming by!

    July 7, 2009
  • The Little Family

    Molly~ don't delete these blogs until i move back to the states!!! I can't get half of these fun new (healthy) food items over here -keen to try those sprouted tortillas. And, I will definitely be attempting the un-fried pinto beans next time.

    Thanks for all of these little nudges in the healthy direction!


    July 7, 2009
  • Molly Chester

    Of course Kelly! Let me know how it goes, and you always inspire me as well! Love – Molly

    July 11, 2009

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