Sunday, May 29, 2011

Raspberry Chipotle Taco Meat

Here is an absolutely delectable spin on taco meat for the next time you're the mood to try something new.  The flavor in this is amazing - it is sweet and spicy, and the smokiness of the ground chipotle peppers adds a startling depth.  It is fabulous.  

I made it with some of my black raspberry mango jam, but really, any dark berry jam would work (especially some variation of raspberry, cranberry, blueberry or blackberry).  I didn't have any taco shells or corn tortillas, so I whipped up some garlic potato fritters and ate mine over one of those (as pictured), but I think this would be wonderful as a filling for a cheesy quesadilla or over rice.

I can't wait to eat the leftovers.  Seriously - if it sounds good to you, chances are you'll love this. 

Raspberry Chipotle Taco Meat

1 tsp. oil
1/2 white onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno, diced (optional)
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 lb. ground turkey
3 tbsp. gluten-free reduced sodium soy sauce
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. minced onion
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. mustard powder
1/2 tsp. ground chipotle pepper (or add 2 - 3 dried chipotle peppers, sliced open)
2 tbsp. dark berry jam
1/2 - 3/4 cup water

Combine all of the spices and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and jalapeno peppers (if you are using them).  Cook for 4 minutes or so, then add the minced garlic and continue to cook until the onions are tender.  Add the ground turkey and cook until it is done, stirring well and breaking it up into small pieces.  If desired, drain the excess fat and return to the heat.

Add the spice mixture, soy soy sauce, jam, and water and bring to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes, or until it is thick (it may be a bit sticky because of the jam).  Serve immediately in tacos or quesadillas.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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