So get this. Jackson has been off for a couple months now. Not eating regularly – sometimes not eating for an entire day, not having the best bowel movements of all time, and just sleeping more than normal. Sorry, TMI. Ok, I’m not really sorry, what I’m about to tell you is worse. So I decided to finally take him to the vet and of course, they asked for a poop sample. Cool, whatevs, bag up some poop then double bag it and it will all be fine, right? Wrong. I had to take him to the gym while I worked out before I took him to the vet. So where did I leave the poop? In the trunk of my car. Why didn’t I just put it outside on the ground to be picked up after the gym? Because I’m an idiot. A big, poop-car smelling idiot. My car was real potent after that.

Then the vet called me back the next day to tell me nothing was wrong with his poo. I carried that bag of poo around like it was my purse for nothing. I guess I should be happy that my dog is just being stubborn rather than sick, but all I can think about is the poo purse.

Let’s get away from this topic. I’m trying to think of things to talk about but my mind is completely clouded with my upcoming cookbook. I’m sure you’re getting sick of hearing about it, but I can’t help it. It’s a project I worked my ass off on for a year and it’s FINALLY almost here. It’s literally 12 days away and then I start on book tour. I start in Denver, then head out to Atlanta, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago. And that’s just my first leg of the trip before I start the second leg with Vanessa from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind (since she comes out with her first cookbook soon!) up the west coast and into Texas! Traveling on book tour is challenging because you need normal daily outfits, plus book tour outfits, and workouts outfits. That’s a lot of outfits per one city. I totally have a suitcase that can handle that, but I’m worried about when I take the train from Boston to New York. I’ve never been on a train like that. Does it matter how big your suitcase is? Do I just sound like a dummy? Teach me things.

Should I join Periscope? Diane recently tried to tell me about it, but it just gives me anxiety since my phone can hardly handle all the apps I have. I keep deleting apps on a regular basis and can only have about 5 photos in my photo album at a time, so how could I handle yet another app? Do you guys love it? What would I post? I’m behind the time, update me!!

PS – I LOVE these tacos. Seriously obsessed. One of my favorite Cuban dishes at a restaurant in town is Picadillo, so I thought what better way to eat it than in a taco. And boom, these beautiful tacos were born.

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Picadillo Tacos

  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup green olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional*)
  • 6 cassava tortillas
  • roughly chopped cilantro, to garnish
  • lime wedges, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add ground beef to brown and break into pieces.
  2. Once almost cooked through, add onion, bell pepper, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Then add tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, vinegar, olives and raisins (if you are using raisins), mix well then cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. To soften must b nutty tortillas, place on hot skillet or on gas range to brown on both sides. Remove bay leaf, then add picadillo to tortillas, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Notes

*I left them out because the man in the house isn’t a fan of raisins. But it adds a nice sweet element paired with the salty olives so I would recommend it!

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45 Comments

  1. Karla says:

    I made these last week and my fiancé said they’re the best tacos he’s ever had in his life. I’ve been trying 3 of your recipes a week since January and have liked them all. You’ve sort of become my Julia Child. Thanks for making me look good like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen 🙂

    1. juli says:

      yayyyyy!! i don’t think many people have tried this one and I wish i could force people because it’s one of my favorites! hope you guys enjoy many more recipes!

  2. Anne says:

    Loved these! Made them last week for the first time and they’re going on my shopping list now to make them again this week! We ate them both as tacos (mainly for the kiddos) and as a taco salad for my husband and I. Added some chopped tomatoes because we had some around. Thanks for the extra encouragement to try this one. Oh yeah, the raisins were spot on!

    1. juli says:

      yay! glad you liked it!!

  3. Jen D says:

    I just made these tonight (with Siete tortillas) and I’m obsessed! How could someone ma,e them with no raisins- they’re delicious!! Thanks for the recipe, Juli!

    1. juli says:

      yay!! glad you loved them, especially with siete tortillas, those are the best!

  4. Cass says:

    Made this for my boyfriend tonight. He loved it! So flavorful!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad you guys loved it!

  5. LuAnn says:

    Tacos look delicious, what do you serve with them to make a meal?

  6. Chelsea says:

    Just a heads up, the tortilla link goes to a porn website. 😳

    1. juli says:

      ha!! so fucking weird. all fixed!