Do you miss the crunch of a hard shell taco but not the greasiness that usually follows? These Jicama street tacos have all the crunch minus the grease. When I’m doing a Whole30, I’ve got this meal on repeat because it doesn’t involve Paleo baking to achieve a tortilla, just a real, whole food, tortilla alternative…a thinly sliced jicama shell!
Sometimes you just get plain tired of lettuce tacos day in and day out, and this meal kicks it up a few notches so you don’t get bored too easily! It will keep you on track to complete the full 30 days of your whole30 challenge, I promise! A mandolin slicer will help you create perfectly thin round disks to use as the base for your tacos, I highly suggest you get one if you haven’t already! Just be sure to use a safety glove because those babies are sharp! It’s why they’re so effective ;)
So what is jicama you ask? It’s a tuberous root, sometimes referred to as a Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip. Some of you may be thinking, well isn’t jicama a legume? And if so, why would that be Whole30 approved? To clear up any confusion, Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of the Whole30 program sheds some light on this matter as found HERE on the author of Well Fed, Melissa Joulwan’s website:
The potential downsides of legumes are all found in the seed. The anti-nutrients, inflammatory compounds, phytoestrogens (in the case of soy) and carbohydrate density (in the case of many legumes) are all packed into the seed.
When you eat jicama, you’re eating the root, which has none of the same issues as the seed. (As an aside, you’d never, ever eat the seed of a jicama – it’s actually quite toxic.) This is the same logic by which it’s okay to eat bean sprouts (the grassy part that grows out of the seed), but not the beans themselves.
You may be curious what jicama taste like, well it’s actually slightly sweet and tiny bit nutty in flavor. Sort of like an apple but with an even milder flavor. That’s why it’s a perfect flavor vehicle for food, it doesn’t overpower anything! It has a similar texture to a turnip and while it maybe referred to as a Mexican yam, it’s skin is not edible like a yam. The skin is thick, tough and will need to be removed before slicing. The best ones to buy are firm and round in shape. You’ll want those ones for this recipe!
The rest of the recipe is pretty simple, once you get past the peeling and slicing. I just used a clean packaged spicy sausage to create the main filling so it’s not too fussy. If you can’t find a clean spicy sausage, you can just buy original and make it hotter with some spices you already have in your pantry! My favorite part of this recipe is the dairy-free “sour cream” I love that tangy flavor mixed with the spicy heat of the sausage and salsa! I hope you love these cute little mini tacos as much as me and my family!