Beef Tacos with Spicy Avocado Sauce

It’s Super Bowl time!  I would be even more excited if my Steelers were in it (we were robbed! ha!) but it’s still going to be a fun day.  I know many folks look forward to the food and half-time entertainment as they do the game so let’s do it up special with these healthy beef tacos that are going to please everyone.

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I saw this recipe on The Food Network and knew I would have to make it but I wanted a little heat and the avocado sauce was the perfect way to do it.  And look at all those textures  Some crunch, some creamy, some leafy – ohhh, this is so good, you guys!

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I bet you’re thinking that the white stuff you see in the bowl with the tomatoes is cheese but you’d be wrong!  I’ve been wanting to try hearts of palm for ages because I see it in the grocery store but I’m never sure how to use it.  They are a little had to describe – similar to artichoke in taste but milder, long, wide, cylindrical and the texture is crisp without the cruch.  The stalks are about 5 inches long and sold in cans.  Most people chop them up and use them in salads.  I’ve heard some like to deep-fry them but we won’t go there!

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Hearts of palm is a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees.  It is cholesterol free, low fat and an excellent source of potassium, copper, iron, phosphorous, zinc and Vitamin B2, B6 and C.  It’s definitely worth a try and I’ll be trying it in salads again.

Beef Tacos with Spicy Avocado Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

These are super quick and easy to make and if you want you can even cook up your steak ahead of time and give it a quick warm-up before serving.   If your grill is buried in the snow like mine, use your cast iron pan – high heat, three and a half minutes on each side.

Enjoy the game.  Cheers!

Beef Tacos with Spicy Avocado Sauce
Author: Robyn (adapted from The Food Network)
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 8oz strip loin steaks
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/5 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 5 hearts of palm, sliced thickly (canned)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice plus limes for garnish
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado
  • 1 jalapeno, diced finely
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 4 whole wheat flour tortillas
  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the steaks on each side. Cook until a thermometer inserted into the side registers 125 degrees for medium-rare, 3.5 – 4 minutes on each side. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes and hearts of palm in a bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Halve and pit the avocado; scoop the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add the /3 cup cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/2 cup water; puree. Season with salt. (keep some cilantro for garnish)
  4. Warm the tortillas if desired.
  5. Thinly slice the steaks. Serve with the avocado sauce, tomato salad and tortillas for wrapping, if desired. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Calories: 325 Fat: 17g Saturated fat: 3.3g Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 5 Protein: 35g



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    February 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Robyn, your recipes and photos are always mouthwatering. This looks so good! We’ve done steak tacos on the grill before and love them. Next time I’m adding your avocado sauce. Have fun n watching the Super Bowl!

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      February 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks so much, Marie. I really loved making this dish and I’m making it again today for the game. Are you watching? 🙂
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    February 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful! Delicious!! Whether or not your Steelers are playing, these tacos will make everyone HAPPY!! xoxo
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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    February 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    These tacos look absolutely mouthwatering! They’re going on my must try list! Pinned!
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    February 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Hi Robyn,
    This sounds delicious. These tacos look simply tantalizing and healthy. We probably wouldn’t watching the Super Bowl since the Steelers aren’t playing, but this recipe would be great for anytime. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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      February 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

      We’ll be in it next season if Ben can stay healthy, Marla. Such a disappointment this year! I’ll be cheering for Manning today so he can finally retire, lol. Thanks for the share and kind comment!
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    February 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Robyn, these look delicious, and I love hearts of palm, it goes so well with avocadoes and tomatoes. Perfect food for game day.
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    GiGi Eats
    February 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    That beef is seared to utter perfection if you ask me!!!! <3

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Wow Robyn, this looks absolutely scrumptious and amazing! You are right, we do have the same taste in food. Gorgeous photos! Pinned.
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    February 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Looks and sounds incredible, my friend! We love tacos and my husband and I can never get enough avocados 🙂 Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with Roses of Inspiration. I wanted to let you know that it will be featured at tomorrow’s party.

    Love and hugs to you!

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    February 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This looks so yummy! Definitely saving to Pinterest for later. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Oooh these look absolutely delicious – thank you for sharing the recipe Robyn,we love Tacos in our house too!

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    Lovely lovely post!! Definitely trying it.

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