Author: Christina Eleton
May 2, 2023

Ground Beef Taquitos (Gluten & Grain-Free)

Simple and delicious crunchy beef taquitos...gluten, & grain-free!

Close up of taquitos on sheet pan with salsa and cream sauce

Mexican food is our favorite and I can guarantee you, I prepare some kind of Mexican dish just about every week. These crunchy beef taquitos are at the top of our list and are so easy to pull together.

What Is A Taquito

A taquito is a Mexican dish that consists of a rolled up crispy tortilla that contains a meat and cheese filling. The tortilla is baked or fried and then topped with toppings such as guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

Close up of taquitos on sheet pan

Typically, taquitos are made with corn shells and if you follow my recipes, you know I'm not a big fan of corn.

Close up of taquitos on sheet pan with salsa and cream sauce

In my early twenties, I began studying up on certain foods and how they affect our body. After much research, corn was one of the first foods I eliminated from my diet. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't just thrilled about it because one of my favorite things in the world is tortilla chips and salsa. But after learning so much about this grain, it wasn't worth the risk. The bad thing is, corn is in a lot of products under many different names. You really have to read your labels and know your ingredients.

What's The Problem With Corn?

  • GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • contaminated with mycotoxins (mold)
  • raises blood sugar
  • causes weight gain/bloating
  • promotes inflammation
  • increases Omega 6

Corn is often considered a vegetable, but in fact it is a grain. Grains promote inflammation in the body and many are surprised at how much better they feel after eliminating grains such as: corn, wheat, barley, rye, oats and soy. I am a living testimony to this. I dealt with many health issues, the most troublesome being neck, knee and back pain. Praise The Lord, I am living pain-free today. Eliminating corn was a big part of the healing process for me.

Oh and in case you didn't know, corn is also used to fatten cattle up and that is exactly what it does to humans as well...um, no thanks! I go into a little more detail on this subject if you want to check that out, just go to my blog post, Grain-Free Crunchy Beef Tacos to read all about it.

Close up of taquitos on white plate

What To Use Instead Of Corn Shells

Thankfully, there are some pretty amazing corn-free alternatives out there where my family can enjoy all of our favorite Mexican dishes. A few years ago, I discovered some of the best grain-free products introduced to the market from a company called Siete Foods. When I heard this awesome news and tried them for myself, it was a complete dream. The first product of theirs I tried was Siete Almond Flour Tortillas. I could hardly contain my excitement! These tortillas were absolutely delicious and close to the real thing. My family was pretty excited as well.

These tortilla shells are made with nothing but real-food ingredients. They are corn free, but also avocado oil is used instead of canola/vegetable oil. Canola and vegetable oil is highly inflammatory unlike avocado oil. This is such a big deal when trying to eliminate inflammatory foods and ingredients. So you can see why these products are an answer to prayer!

What You Need To Make These Taquitos

  • grass-fed ground beef
  • avocado oil
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh onion
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • coconut aminos
  • sea salt
  • corn-free Siete Almond Flour Tortillas
  • dairy-free cream cheese (Miyoko's brand)
  • toppings: cilantro, guacamole, salsa, cream sauce

This meal is one of the quickest and easiest meals to put together...oh, and very inexpensive.

Close up of taquitos on white plate

How To Make These Taquitos

  • Preheat oven to 425 and let heat up for a few minutes.
  • Heat avocado oil in skillet over medium heat and sauté onion for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook, stirring often, breaking up into smaller pieces until fully cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Next, add spices and coconut aminos to the ground beef and simmer 2-3 minutes more.
  • Transfer meat to a bowl and let cool for a couple of minutes.
  • While meat mixture is cooling, chop and prepare toppings.
  • Mix dairy-free cream cheese into the meat mixture. This adds flavor and makes it easier to roll up tortillas.
  • Heat the almond flour tortillas for a few minutes in oven or microwave right before adding the filling mixture. This helps the tortillas roll up without breaking.
  • Stuff each tortilla with a couple of tablespoons of the ground beef mixture and tightly roll.
  • Lay each tortilla on sheet pan, brush with avocado oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Top taquitos with your favorite toppings and sauce.

Tips For The Best Taquitos

  • Heat the almond flour tortilla for a few minutes in oven or microwave right before adding the filling mixture. This helps the tortillas roll up without breaking.
  • Make sure to only use a small amount of the meat mixture for each tortilla to make it easier to roll and stay together.
  • The dairy-free cream cheese is important to help bind the meat filling together.
  • Coconut aminos is a must try as a dipping sauce!

So, there you go, these are so delicious and I know you will love them too! Let us know if you give this Mexican dish a try...we would love to hear!

Ground Beef Taquitos (Gluten & Grain-Free)

Author: Christina Eleton
Simple and delicious crunchy beef taquitos...gluten & grain-free!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16 Taquitos

Ingredients
  

Toppings

  • guacamole, cilantro, salsa & cream sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat avocado oil in skillet and sauté onion for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef and cook, stirring often, breaking up into smaller pieces until fully cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Next, add spices and coconut aminos to the ground beef and simmer 2-3 minutes more.
  • Transfer meat to a bowl and let cool for a couple of minutes.
  • While meat mixture is cooling, chop and prepare toppings.
  • Mix dairy-free cream cheese into the meat mixture. This adds flavor and makes it easier to roll up tortillas.
  • Heat the almond flour tortillas for a few minutes in oven or microwave right before adding the filling mixture. This helps the tortillas roll up without breaking.
  • Stuff each tortilla with ground beef mixture and tightly roll. 
  • Lay each tortilla on sheet pan, brush with avocado oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy and browned. Make sure to start checking at 20 minutes.
  • Top tortillas with your favorite toppings and cream sauce. We like to dip the tortillas in coconut aminos.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

    • Heat the almond flour tortilla for a few minutes in oven or microwave right before adding the filling mixture. This helps the tortillas roll up without breaking.
    • Make sure to only use a small amount of the meat mixture for each tortilla to make it easier to roll and stay together.
    • The dairy-free cream cheese is important to help bind the meat filling together.  I use the Miyoko's brand because it is the cleanest ingredients.
    • Coconut aminos is a must try as a dipping sauce!
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Keyword Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Mexican, Taquito
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My favorite tortilla chip alternative that comes close to the real thing, is Siete Grain-Free Tortilla chips. Whether we are out eating or at home enjoying chips and salsa, this is our solution. We prefer the sea salt version for chips and salsa and the Ranch and Nacho flavor for snacking.

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