Let’s get one thing clear. Taco Bell is not Paleo. You have no idea where their ingredients came from or what forms of Frankenfood may have gone into the making of those tacos or cinnamon twists or whatever new thing they’re pushing on us these days.
Don’t Buy “Food” That Comes In A Box
When it comes to homemade tacos, it all depends on what you include in them. Anything you buy in a box, such as Hamburger Helper, is not Paleo. It’s on par with Taco Bell because they include all sorts of chemical additives and questionable ingredients.
Homemade Is Always Better
Tacos where you chop the veggies and make the sauce and cook the meat yourself can absolutely be Paleo, as long as you use quality ingredients. The only catch is the tortilla.
The Benefits of Proper Preparation
Tortillas are made of corn, so technically, they’re not Paleo. On the other hand, tortillas are made of corn that has been nixtamalized, which means it has been soaked in water and lime (as in calcium hydroxide, not citrus) before cooking the tortillas. This process reduces the antinutrient content of corn and increases the bioavailability of various nutrients, including protein, calcium, and various B vitamins (source).
To make a truly Paleo taco you can lose the shell altogether and just make yourself a big taco bowl, use lettuce leaves in place of shells, or make your own Paleo Tortillas.