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Jicama Taco Shells

By September 19, 2011November 29th, 2016Main Dish

Jicama Taco Shells


Do you still have pre-packaged Taco Seasoning in your pantry? If you do, check this out! Ingredients: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites).

There are a few issues with using prepackaged spice mixes. First off, caramel coloring is a food dye that is in the process of being banned by the FDA due the links to cancer. Another issue is the maltodexterin…the danger is that maltodextrin is very high on the glycemic index: 105. This is 5 points higher than glucose which is 100. And, it is almost double that of table sugar which is around 59. AND ingredients are listed in the order of prevalence…they don’t even list a spice until the 4th ingredient! I’ll stick to making a triple batch of my own mix and keeping it in my pantry!

Jicama Taco Shells


2 TBS chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
3 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

In a bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Makes 20 servings.

Store Bought Taco Seasoning = 20 calories, 4 carbs, 0 fiber
“Healthified” Taco Seasoning = 5 calories, 0.9 carbs, 0.4g fiber

Jicama Taco Shells



Try this tasty crispy shell idea instead! This was inspired after watching Top Chef! I LOVE that show!

Jicama is very low calorie and low carbohydrate root vegetable. It contains only 35 calories per 100 g. It is also very high in quality phyto-nutrition profile comprises of dietary fiber, and anti-oxidant. It is one of the best sources for dietary fiber and excellent source of oligofructose inulin, a soluble dietary fiber. The root pulp is 13% of fiber. Inulin is a zero calorie, sweet inert carbohydrate and does not metabolize in the human body, which make the root an ideal sweet snack for diabetics and dieters.

6 Thin slices of jicama
2 cups organic leaf lettuce
6 oz grass fed ground beef
1 Lime, cut into wedges
Sour Cream

Slice jicama into very thin slices, using an electric slicer (click HERE to find) or mandolin slicer (click HERE to find).

Cook the beef in the spice mix from above.

Fold the jicama slices into taco shells; fill with lettuce, meat, sour cream and salsa. Squirt the lime juice into each jicama shell and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 2 taco shells)
Traditional Taco Shell = 130 calories, 19 carbs, 0 fiber
Jicama Taco Shell = 12 calories, 1.5 carb, 1 g fiber

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