September 6, 2023

Whole30 Smash Burger Taco

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Whole30 Smash Burger Tacos with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo
Recipe and photos by: Althea Brown of Metemgee
Made By Whole30Made By Whole30

Whole30 Smash Burger Taco

Total Time 35 minutes


Whole30 Smash Burger Tacos

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 8 plantain tortillas (see below for how to make)

Burger Toppings

  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

Plantain Tortillas

  • 4 green plantains peeled and diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil


For the plantain tortillas:

  • ADD plantains, water, and salt to a saucepan on medium heat and cook until fork tender. Allow to cool, then add to a food processor and blend until it comes together to form a “dough” ball. Divide the plantain dough into 8. Cover your palms with oil, then roll each piece of plantain dough into a ball. Using a tortilla press, press the dough into a tortilla.
  • NEXT, bring a skillet to medium heat, add the pressed plantain tortilla, and cook for 1 ½ minutes. Then flip and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and repeat for the remaining plantain tacos.

For the smash burger tacos:

  • COMBINE the ground beef, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Mix well, then separate into 8 equal portions. Spread each portion of seasoned ground beef onto a plantain tortilla. Be sure to spread all the way to the edges, as it will shrink during cooking.
  • NEXT, bring a skillet to medium heat. When hot, spray generously with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Spray. Then add the plantain tortilla, meat side down, onto the hot skillet. Use a burger press or flat pot cover/lid to press the burger down firmly while it cooks. Cook for about 1 ½ minutes to 2 minutes. Then flip, cook for 10 seconds, and remove from heat.
  • TOP your smash burger taco with your favorite burger toppings like diced onions, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and some delicious Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo, and enjoy!

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Althea Brown

Althea Brown is a recipe developer and food blogger specializing in Guyanese and Caribbean food. She has a Masters in Public Administration and spent many years in Corporate Human Resources roles before taking time off to spend with her family. She spends most of her days recreating traditional Guyanese and Caribbean recipes into Whole30 recipes. She believes that culture and food traditions are important parts of your food journey. When she is not cooking up delicious meals for family and friends, she is caring for her three children and enjoying life in colorful Colorado.