October 4 is National Taco Day and in honor of this day, we are providing you with a recipe for an anti-inflammatory version of this Mexican treat with a twist. Get ready for your fill of anti-inflammatory Mexican goodness for the day! You will be able to eat “tacos” for lunch or dinner to satisfy this cultural snack craving, and you’ll get a little bit of Jamaica along with it.
According to NationalDayCalendar.com the history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico but National Taco Day began in 2009. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish. At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. Hernan Cortes arranged this meal for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.
A little piece of taco trivia: In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez established The National Taco Council. The council sent a 55-pound taco to President Johnson in 1967.
Today, tacos go beyond delicious. Many are filled with lean meats and vegetables. Grilled fish and shrimp tacos add a whole other profile. People eat taco pizza, veggie tacos, slow cooker pork tacos. The list is endless.
We are going to satisfy your craving for tacos by providing you with an anti-inflammatory versions of this delicious treat that comes straight from The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass. You don’t need the calories and carbs that go with the flour and corn versions of taco shells. You’ll see why in our recipe.
Jerk Chicken Tacos
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries divided
- ½ cup fresh pineapple chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
- 2 Tbsp mango chutney
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp fresh jalapeno seeded and minced
- ¾ tsp salt divided
- 1 lb chicken breast cutlets
- 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
- 3 tsp jerk seasoning see recipe in our Notes below
- 8 crisp romaine leaves or Napa cabbage leaves
- Coarsely chop ½ cup blueberries and place in a small bowl with remaining 1 cup whole blueberries. Add pineapple, cilantro, chutney, lime juice, jalapeno and ¼ tsp salt; toss to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- Preheat grill to medium-high. Rub chicken cutlets evenly with 1 Tbsp oil.
- In a small bowl, mix jerk seasoning and ½ tsp salt; sprinkle mixture evenly onto both sides of chicken.
- Brush 1 Tbsp oil on grill grates and place chicken on grates. Grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear and chicken is cooked through, about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let rest 10 minutes.
- Slice or shred chicken. Divide evenly among lettuce leaves. Spoon blueberry salsa onto chicken. Garnish with cilantro leaves if desired.
Homemade Sour Cream
- Blender or Food Processor
- ¼ cup cashews soaked 1–2 hours
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅔ cup ice
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
If you’re still hungry for more Mexican goodness, don’t forget about our posts on National Taco Day and National Burrito Day – you will find anti-inflammatory recipes for a Mexican Breakfast Skillet, Taco Salad, Mexican Burrito Bowl, Homemade Guacamole and more.
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