Greek Beef Tacos With Garlicky Kale and Creamy Feta Sauce
Prep: 10 minutes
It’s hard to think of a more stereotypical health food than kale, and there’s good reason for that. Along with collards, kale is ranked as the most nutrient-dense food, with more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants per calorie than any other commonly found food.
It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, which supports healthy vision, and vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that supports the immune system. Kale also contains bone building nutrients, like calcium and magnesium.
The sulfur compounds and glucosinolates in kale support the body’s natural detoxification processes and may also help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. It also contains a surprising dose of heart healthy omega-3 fats.
Paired with hearty ground beef and smooth feta sauce, this recipe is a sure winner for a cold night!
Creamy Feta Sauce:
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup crumbled feta
1 small cucumber, shredded and lightly squeezed to remove extra liquid
Juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh scallion
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 bunch fresh kale, stemmed and chopped
1 lb ground beef
½ red onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 small whole wheat tortillas
- In a medium bowl, mix together ingredients for the creamy feta sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Next, sauté the kale. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in kale, pour in ¼ cup of water, cover and let cook 10 minutes until tender. Remove lid, season with salt to taste and continue to cook until liquid is absorbed and greens are tender, adding more water if needed to cook to desired tenderness. Remove greens and set aside until ready to use.
- Carefully wipe skillet clean with a paper towel, set on medium-high heat and add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and pepper flakes. Cook, breaking apart with a spatula, until meat is cooked through and browned. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Warm tortillas in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Divide greens among the tortillas, top with ground beef and dollop or two of creamy feta sauce. Serve immediately.