Cooking Demo – Paleo Tacos with Purple Cabbage Slaw

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Purple Cabbage Slaw

3 cups purple cabbage, chopped

1 cup cucumber, chopped

1/3 cup purple onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup green mango, diced

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cracked black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Taco Meat

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

1/4 cup green salsa

Brown meat, add seasoning and salsa, stir and eat on a lettuce leaf topped with the purple cabbage slaw, avocado, and fresh cilantro.



    • Sarah says

      Hi Amanda, I used the salsa verde from Trader Joe’s. But I make my own green salsa too and it’s super easy. Just use 6 tomatillos – first place them in a skillet – no oil – rotating often until the skin starts to blacken. Through them into a food processor with 1/2 a jalapeno, about 3 cups of cilantro, the juice from 1 lime, a little bit of sea salt, and some pepper. Pulse until smooth!

  1. Cindi Long says

    I love all these recipes that are for wraps or variations (tacos/tortillas), but what I can figure out is how to eat them with out the lettuce falling apart? = )

  2. says

    These demos are great! I think it’s so nice to see your son helping out in the kitchen and as a result, is probably pretty on-track with paleo-eating. He seems to be pretty excited to be there.
    Also, I’m so glad you kept pointing out that just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean that you can’t stay paleo. I’ve heard quite a bit that “it’s hard to stay paleo when you’re in a rush” or something along those lines.

    Thanks for another great looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it out : )

  3. says

    LOVE the red cabbage! Thanks for posting. Love your blog! One issue I am having as I enter month two of my new Paleo lifestyle is that recipes like this make me want to eat all of it at once!!! Your videos are a great touch!

  4. sarena says

    I love wrapping things in nori sheets! While not exactly a taco replacement, it is good for chopped liver, avocado and veggies….Maybe a chicken salad.

  5. Tracey says

    Love the use of Trader Joe products, makes life so much easier!! BTW: Do you find you need to drain the fat from the ground meat when using grass-fed? My husband insists I still drain it when I make meat sauce or anything.

    • Sarah says

      Hi Tracey,
      I don’t ever drain the fat when I’m cooking grass-fed – it would feel almost sinful… ; ) Also, I find that there is never really that much fat to drain because the meat is so much leaner!

  6. Shannan says

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for being a constant reminder of how easy Paleo is. I am met with moderate resistance here in my household. But, you help me stay strong!
    Oh, I also just ordered Planet Box lunch boxes for my kiddos! Can’t wait til they get here!!!

  7. Marci says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe and so many of your others. Your blog is such a great resource. I also wanted to ask where you got your cool t-shirt that you have on in this video??

    Thanks so much for all your information and inspiration!

  8. Tom says

    Made this the other night and it was AWESOME. It’s recipes like this that makes love your blog. It was quick, easy, very tastey and very healthy. Thanks so much. Keep more of this type coming.

  9. Amanda S. says

    I love the Paleo Tacos with purple cabbage!!! Delicious. I used ground elk instead of ground beef, a great way to use up elk from last year. Hopefully, we’ll be stalking our freezer, with elk, again soon :) Thanks for the recipes, is great!

  10. Bill McCarthy says

    Sarah can you tell me what balsamic vinegar you use it looks very rich and thick the type I can never find!!! can’t wait for your book!!!

  11. Nick says

    At first I wasn’t sure about having mango on my tacos, but it turns out this recipe is soooo good. The mango adds a perfect bit of sweetness to the slaw. Great work!

      • Heidi says

        Question: is a green mango just an unripened regular one, or a special kind… haven’t found green mangoes anywhere except dried at Trader Joes and they have sugar in them…

        • Sarah says

          There is actually such a thing as a green mango but kind of hard to find so just use a regular old mango. I need to change that so it’s not so confusing.

  12. Keri says

    I finally tried this recipe! It was so delicious, my husband and I almost at the whole thing for dinner. The only change I did was replaced mango for pineapple. It was so great! Thank You for all of your wonderful recipes! I have ordered your book for myself and for my sister-in-law. We can’t wait til we get it! Thanks again!

  13. says

    Hi sarah,
    This is the first of your receipes that I’ve made and it was delicious. My mango wasn’t ripe so I added an apple to the slaw! The only problem is that I had made enough to take to work tomorrow but I ate it all! Thanks again

  14. sammiB says

    These were delicious. I can see why taco tuesdays are a hit! Every recipe we have tried from your blog has been great.

  15. Steph Z says


    Thank you so much for this site! I am less than a week into Paleo, and we made these tacos tonight and they were OUTSTANDING. My husband thinks they are the best (paleo or non-paleo) tacos he’s ever eaten.

    Thanks again, and can’t wait for your cookbook!

  16. Michelle says

    We just made this last night. Before I made these my boyfriend did not think that they would be good at all. His comment was, you can’t have a taco without cheese and cabbage does not go with taco beef. Well he loved it and probably ate 2lbs worth. it was delicious. This is going on my regular meal list. Thanks so much.

  17. Jessica says

    Sarah, this looks yummy! But I am really curious as to where you got your shirt? 😀 I have boys!!! 😀 😀 😀

  18. Kim says

    Just wondering if you can substitute the mango for another type of fruit. Not much of a mango fan.

    Thanks…love your website!!!

  19. Jen Jen says

    I’m on my first few days of seriously trying paleo/primal living and just made these tonight. It was HARD to stop at two. I can’t wait for my husband to get home from work and try these things. SO GOOD. I did it without mango since I’m being careful with carbs for weightloss, but I can imagine how great it would taste with that touch of tropical sweetness.

    I just bought your book yesterday, too. You’re making it too easy for me, even with a 9 month-old. Thanks so much, Sarah! You rock! \m/

  20. katie says

    Can’t wait to try this! I am just easing into the Paleo Lifestyle and starting to ease my family into also. I made “burritos” the other night and ate mine on lettuce and to my amazement my daughter wanted hers that way also! I am excited about this because it will give me the flavor that I miss from beans! Thanks! I love this blog!

  21. Jonnelle says

    I saw this video last night and ran out to get the stuff to make it today.

    Oh… my… gosh! That was awesome! Next time: just salad. The lettuce taco shell was to messy :)

    Thank you for sharing the yumminess! I’m going to have a great lunch tomorrow too :)

  22. says

    Where’s the “demo”? I only see this recipe page. Under the videos page the “Cooking Demo – Paleo Tacos with Purple Cabbage Slaw” link takes me here, but no video anywhere!

  23. Joan says

    I made this for dinner tonight and I really loved it – it was so fresh tasting, and the only thing that would have made it better is to use fresh garlic in place of the garlic powder – I love that your recipes are simple enough for everyday so I ordered your book – am anxious to try some of your other recipes :)

  24. Jestelle says

    Thanks so much for creating this blog and sharing recipes. I’ve just discovered paleo over the last couple of weeks and am loving what I’m reading and eating. I made these taco’s for dinner tonight. Soooo good! My nine year old son ate three! So far the biggest hit with him.
    Thank you again!

  25. Marilyn says

    Love this recipe! Just found your stuff after the first of the year when I was looking for more paleo recipes. Love your approach, bought your recipe book and everything we’ve tried is a winner. Thank you Sarah!

  26. will says

    Just curious… the recipe calls for “green mango” while the photo shows a well-ripened (yellow) mango – which works best?

  27. Tam Mai says

    your hubby is cute Sarah! My friends just talked to me about Paleo . They’ve been doing for a month now! my hubby and i should start too! I have a question…so what kind of oil do you use to cook the meat? And where can I purchase a book of Paleo’s recipe? =)

  28. Joanne says

    Wow! I tried this recipe on boston lettuce leaves. THis was fabulous! My five year old said they were the best tacos ever (although she had hers on corn tortilla as did my husband who are still a bit rebellious to the Paleo cooking I have been serving up. But this is a great recipe for flexibility like that too. They are being given less grains which is a start at least, and they have to eat more veggies and fruits. This recipe is perfect for pleasing both worlds with a few tweaks on the extras. I personally love how having a burger, sandwich or taco on lettuce really brings out the flavor of the filling. I have been Paleo for three weeks, and after just a few days (I started gradually to avoid the sugar crash/withdrawl) I felt so much more positive and energetic. This recipe and others like it will make it a cinch to keep with it! Thank you, thank you!

  29. says

    Okay, your wee kitchen helper is so adorable. I loved the outtakes at the end with Hubby. Great video–I will be making these soon. I have the pulled pork roast in the slow cooker now. :)

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