Leftovers: Mexican Inspired Burgers

I’m starting to try out the oil cleansing method to rid myself of this stupid acne. I’m making my zits my friends. Giving them oil rub downs nightly. Since I don’t have myself a man to massage, I’ll massage my face. I’m literally rubbing oil all over my face at night and making myself smell like a Mexican vacation. For reals. Sleeping next to me would be like sleeping in a coconut cloud. Aka heaven. You don’t like coconut? Well that’s just stupid.

I’m hoping that this works. So far, cutting out nuts has been a huge help. Not for my sanity, but for my body. I feel SO much better and my acne seems to be less asshole-ish than usual. So I plan to take some really uncomfortable close up pictures of my skin WITHOUT make up on and see how my skin changes over time. Fixing this sh*t is gonna be hard work. I may complain. Not that you’re surprised by that. But I will. I’m going to whine because it won’t be instantly fixed. But you gotta stick with something if you want it to change. Like my butterfly pull ups. They are getting better, slowly but surely. Just you wait acne. Just you wait til you see what you got coming to you.

Omg guess what I got going on tomorrow?!? A partner competiton with my gorgeous and incredibly strong girlfriend Krystle. If you follow my instagram @paleomg you’ve seen her with the adorable bulldog puppy, Sugar. She’s been working incredibly hard and I’m so excited to be part of her first competiton. Jake and Jon will be doing the competiton as well! There will be a lot of half naked bodies and lots of screaming with our two teams there. We are pretty dramatic. The main reason I’m pumped to be Krystle’s partner is because she has a six pack and really awesome tattoos. I’m going to look ridiculously hard core next to her. And way cooler. With Sergio’s BMW and Krystle’s abs, I’ll have friends in no time.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention. If you have never seen this recipe, AWESOME, act like it’s brand new. But in reality, it’s a recipe I made in the past that was super delicious but had crap pictures to boot. And you people are vain. And love to salivate over pictures. What? Whatever. So I’ve made it again to excited your eyes and make you want to try out this recipe. You can see the OG here. It’s funny.


Leftovers: Mexican Inspired Burgers

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



For the Mexi burgers–

  • 1 lb buffalo (or ground beef)
  • 1 (6oz) can of green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle red pepper (or chili powder)

For the toppings–

  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 14oz jar of roasted peppers, sliced
  • 23 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle red pepper or chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Avocado Roasted Red Pepper sauce–

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 14oz jar of roasted peppers, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


First, stop being frightened by the ingredient list. It’s not that intense. Grow a pair.

  1. Ok, so grab a sauce pan or skillet and add a bit of coconut oil to it, along with your sliced onions. Let those guys caramelize, stirring them randomly so they don’t burn.
  2. Now grab another skillet, add your coconut oil, mushrooms, roasted peppers and spices and let those cook down for a while.
  3. NOW make your burger patties. Grab a large bowl, add the meat, spices, and green chiles to it and mix thoroughly. Once the burgers are formed, add them to a large greased skillet. If you don’t want to skillet them, cook them on the grill you jerk. I covered them with a lid to help them cook a bit quicker. Cook for about 5-6 minutes/side depending how thick they are.
  4. Last thing, while the burgers are cooking, make your avocado sauce. It’s insanity. Pull out your food processor, add all ingredients for the sauce to it and puree until smooth. This sauce is almost like a cheese sauce. But without the bloat and gas. How great is that?
  5. Once your toppings are cooked, your burgers are cooked to perfection, and your sauce is silky silky smooth (I hope you said silky in a seductive voice like I did), stack it all up. Burger, sauce, toppings, then some sliced avocado on top. More fat = happier Juli. And bigger butt Juli, so happier Juli once again.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


60 thoughts on “Leftovers: Mexican Inspired Burgers”

    1. My friend had the same issue and found that she had allergies that flared up her rocasea. A main culprit was dairy. Just a thought…

  1. I’ve made this gem before and I want to fill my bathtub with the avocado sauce and eat my way out. You’re welcome for the image. Also acne is total bullshit. I used Proactive for years, but after I had kids, it stopped working. I changed to Mario Badescu-totally organic, and totally amazing. My skin has never been better. Also their Buffering lotion is amazeballs!!! And I am not even a paid spokesperson : )

  2. Hey Juli! I use to have REALLY bad acne, and then tried this natural tree root called “black soap” its from an african tree and its 100% natural. If you just google it you”ll find a lot of information on it. It also makes your skin look younger and brighter(: good luck!

  3. Have you ever tried using toothpaste for your acne? I know it sounds super weird, but before bed I examine my face and put toothpaste on any current or forming blemishes. They are usually gone (or at least WAY less noticeable) by the the next morning. I think the idea is that it dries out the zit without drying out your skin too much. Other than that, getting rid of all the “special” acne washes I was using and switching to straight up Dove bar soap really helped. I think those other face washes have too much crap in them. Hope this is helpful!

  4. I told the hubs that we were going to have burgers tonight, and even though I love George’s Stuffed Avocado burgers I have made them the last 3 times we’ve had burgers. This is perfect timing.

  5. Wait– what??? You don’t have a man to massage? What happened to your crush??? I don’t watch soap operas, so I count on you to provide me with your daily life updates! What happened? And we never even saw a pic of him. What a stupid boy.

  6. I LOVE the oil cleansing method! I’ve been doing it for about a year now. I didn’t have acne, but I had huge pores that were filled with hardened oil. GROSS, DIS-GUSTING…I know. Sorry about that, but that’s what it was. I use 1 part castor oil and 2 parts jojoba oil, and after I’ve been rubbing it into my face for about a minute, all of a sudden it feels like I’m using an exfoliating scrub…..yeah, gross again, but so awesome-it’s the hardened oil plugs coming out of my skin. I like to do it after a WOD because my skin is hot and I feel like I get more out of my skin. My skin is SO soft afterwards-no amount of exfoliating could make it that soft!

  7. Juli,

    Seriously in love. I would even do crossfit for you. Anywhoo I have been doing this Kiefer Detox Diet for 5 days. All acne is gone from face and body. Check it out.

  8. get.in.my.mouth (that’s what she said)
    those look delicious. for real.
    your photog skills have increased by about a million. yes, i used the word photog. whatever, hate me.

    i hope the oil bit works, i know how frustrating acne can be. i was plagued as a teenager and went on super doses of all kinds of things before accutane helped clear it up for good. i’m not even sure that stuff’s on the market anymore it was so toxic. god knows what kind of mutant babies i’m going to have one day. anyhow, stick with the natural method- i hope the no nuts thing isn’t the solution ’cause that’d be a damn shame.

    you still eat dairy right? have you noticed a change when you’ve cut it out? it’s a big one for me. i still get zits on my butt when i eat dairy. i know, that’s disgusting but hey, that’s life.

    okay, end of the rambling. good luck tomorrow!!!

  9. OCM & paleo/primal (low sugar, low dairy) – works for me! I’ve actually cut down on washing my face whatsoever – usually just water. Down to OCM every couple of weeks or so, water only (WO) after that. I get away with it by going really minimal on the makeup, only using mineral powder on my skin. I echo Eleni’s experiences. Once I started treating my skin like a friend, instead of attacking it with all sorts of chemicals and harsh treatments, it started loving me back.

    Also – a nice alternative to try topping your burgers with would be a chimichurri-avocado sauce. I have friends and family alike ADDICTED :). Goes great on anything and everything – even eggs in the morning! Cheers!

  10. I’m there with ya girl. You should see the size of the zit on the side of my nose. And it HURTS. Good luck to you. Fight the good fight. Damn skin issues.

  11. I’ve been doing the oil cleansing method for a few months now and I love it! I haven’t noticed a huge difference in my acne, but I can tell a difference in my skin overall. I really think the acne comes more from what I put into my body rather than what I put on it. I’ve been fighting acne for 16 years now and the only thing that helped it was tightening up my diet, like super tight. Absolutely no sugar, not even a drop (barely any fruit too), plus lots of spinach. I think the nuts bother me as well so I’m cutting back on them again as well. Definitely best to go the natural route! Good luck at the competition tomorrow and with battling the acne!

  12. For my acne I found taking a vitamin B complex has really helped. It’s really good for your hair and skin, I swear it really cleared up my acne, plus it’s gives me neon pee 🙂 Also, I don’t know if you put lotion on your hands before you go to bed, but I would recommend not doing that bc that will cause extra breakouts. But if you must use lotion, then always wear gloves. Also, try to wash your sheets and towels every week, if anything just make sure your pillowcase gets washed every week!

  13. These were wonderful!!! It was my birthday yesterday, and I requested that my hubby make me these. He did, and we all loved them! Gonna make them again this weekend for some dinner guests. Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  14. Girrrrllll this was RIDONKULOUS. We made sweet potato fries with it and dipped in the sauce that I almost ate half of before the burgers came off the grill. Thanks a million!

  15. I literally licked my food processor clean after making that avocado roasted red pepper sauce. This was f*ing delicious.

  16. sadness. I am allergic to avocado (tragic, I know. late developing allergy, I used to love it.)
    Any ideas on a substitute? These look amazing.

  17. Sigh – live long enough and the zits and the monthly bleeding will go away. Of course they’re replaced by aching joints and wrinkles, but for me it’s a pretty cool trade. Keep up the fight Juli-girl, and it sems like you got lots of good suggestions here. Love you, please never go away!

  18. Juli you are awesome; I lurve your blog and all your amazing recipes. Thank you for continuously inspiring me with CrossFit. I feel your pain on the acne…unfortunately it’s common for adults to get it (and you thought you were out of the woods after being a teenager!). I’d recommend a Clarisonic Mia…helped out with my acne tremendously! Also find a good cleanser, like cetaphil or Avene clearance gel.

  19. Dude… I totally dig your blog and I hope you check out mine, I made your burgers last night and they came out FABULOUS… even my non paleo friends gobbled them up and the sauce which was AMAZING, I couldnt eat enough of it.

    I will be making that sauce AGAIN to put on everything because it was so fabulous… I plan on trying more and more of your recipes 🙂

    Keep up the good work and check out my blog for some good eats too!!!

  20. Made this recipe tonight – absolutely delicious! The hubby loved it, too. That avocado sauce is excellent. Thank you for all your creative recipe ideas! I’ll be trying more. Next on the agenda: ricing cauliflower – who knew?!

  21. Made these along with the chocolate cupcakes for the boyfriend’s birthday. Both recipes were fabulous! He is still raving that the burgers and sauce were absolutely amazing and the combination of flavours is phenomenal. Yummmm!!!!

  22. Just made this into a bangin’ meatza. Hot damn it was delicious. Thanks for the inspiration! (And by inspiration, I mean the entire recipe.. minus pizza sauce..)

  23. Had some grass fed beef, looked up the ground beef recipes, made this one, ate it and smiled a happy contented smile. Thanks for another winner Juli!

    1. Yes, the sauce could make an old shoe taste good. Had it on the burger last night, on my eggs this morning and eating another burger with more sauce for lunch in a minute. CAN’T wait! DEEELISH!!!

  24. Juli- great recipe! Made four, ate two, stored the other two. Used one in an egg scramble this morning as leftovers! Will definitely make this again. I contemplated adding bacon (as I do with every recipe… Ever)

  25. Hubs & I made these tonight. AWESOME. He doesn’t like avocado, so I cut the sauce recipe in half but damn I wish I didn’t that stuff is SO good! I may make it again, on it’s own, and use as a dip. We’ll definitely be making these again!

  26. Another great recipe! This was very easy to make and again very flavorful. Looking forward to using the avocado sauce for other goodies.

  27. These were SUPER! I tried to half the recipe and think I screwed it up a bit but they were still de-lish… will definitely be making them again sooner rather than later.

  28. This is amazing! I made this the other night and it was delicious. The sauce really does satisfy the need for cheeeeeese 🙂 Perfect!

  29. These burgers were delicious! My non-paleo fiance loved them and he even skipped the bun! There was a lot of sauce leftover (no complaints about that) so I used it on my eggs this morning. Will definitely make these again.

  30. These were so amazing! I also put it over chicken…used leftover red pepper sauce on eggs the next morning and topped with the veggies too. I had some extra chilies and put those in the veggies as well. YUM! Thanks Julie!

  31. Oil cleansing will work if you do it right. That’s what helped me get rid of my painful cystic acne on my hairline and chin. Now everyone wants to know my secret to beautiful skin. When I tell them to rub oil all over their face at night, they look at me like I’m crazy. Cutting caffeine from my diet also helped a lot.

  32. I made the sauce and it is YUM! I ate it with chips. So good!

    Have you ever gone to a chiropractor? I know it sounds like a long shot, but my weird hives went away after seeing a real holistic chiropractor.

  33. I made this the other day, but what I did was use 2lbs beef and made it into a meatloaf. I put some of the avocado sauce into the beef to moisten it up. It was so good. That sauce and the toppings and the neat were just to scrumptious. Will do burgers another time.

  34. I’m new to Paleo and I can’t WAIT to make these. I’ve been craving something Mexican. Also, no idea if you’re still struggling, but my acne got way better when I healed my leaky gut (glutamine, bone broth, cutting out all irritating foods for a few months). I’m now doing the caveman method (not washing…gross I know but stay with me) because the tap water in my new place breaks me out. It seems to really help so far. I was always terrified to try oil cleansing after some bad reviews I read. I hope it worked for you!

  35. Holy crap. Finally made these burgers this week, and they are the best damn burgers I’ve had in my life. I cannot stop eating that avocado/pepper “cheese” sauce. I thank and curse you for bringing it to my attention. I will be making them again soon. As in probably tomorrow. 🙂 You’re amazing, thanks for doing what you do!

  36. I made these last night with some ground bison I got from the farmers market. These were life changing! And the sauce was unreal! I have some left over and am trying to figure what else i can slather it on!

  37. I struggle with stints of bad acne (aka huge hormonal cysts) and I have tried everything. What works best for me is 1. Diet and lots of water OBVI 2. Tasty face Organics has like actually changed my life … Toxin free, paleo friendly. I was using coconut oil and at first it helped but than i started breaking out again and found out that coconut oil is cosmogenic so not the beeest option. Now I am doing jojoba oil with castor because I talked to a derm about it and she said that jojoba oil is great for ppl struggling with acne!!! SO FAR, SO GOOD 🙂 good luck with yours!!!! It’s a constant battle. I don’t know if you have looked into making sure your hormones are balanced but that could be a next step!

  38. Love this recepe!!
    Second Paleo meal I’ve made and we loved it!
    My husband doesn’t like avocado either but have it ago and barely left any for me, he enjoyed it that much :))

    Thanks again

  39. Acne sucks. I really believed it would go away when I got out of my teens. I’m 37. The best thing I’ve found is a serum made by Josh Rosebrook. Seriously, I’m not trying to be an ad for it. It’s just that I have struggled with acne forever and this stuff has been great to me. Taking out dairy helped me too.

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