The Best Steak Tacos with Salsa Verde

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This steak taco and salsa verde recipe is a delicious and easy migraine-friendly recipe that your whole family will love. Made without onions and gluten free (if using corn tortillas), the steak pairs wonderfully with the bright flavors of the tomatillos. 

Migraine-Friendly Steak Tacos with Salsa Verde

As a Texas girl, you can imagine my huge disappointment when I read that I had to give up citrus, avocado, and aged cheeses on the Heal Your Headache diet. Would I ever be able to have a delicious taco again? Is life even worth living without tacos?! If you answered “NO!” to that last question, then I have the perfect migraine safe taco recipe for you.

After playing around with different marinades, I liked using tart cherry juice the best for adding that citrus-like bite to the meat. Obviously this is better the longer you can marinate it, but if you are concerned about tyramine build up you could marinate it for 2-3 hours and still be ok.

I do still miss sour cream, but I find that a good quality cottage cheese can make up for not having aged cheeses and sour cream as toppings. I also love that tacos are so flexible. The toppings can be completely up to you and what you can tolerate.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

I have one last surprise for you….salsa! So you can’t use onions or lime juice, but I find that roasted tomatillos are the perfect way to get that citrus flavor without adding trigger foods. They are those greenish looking ones with the funky, paper skin you always pass by in the grocery store.

As for clean tortillas these can be tricky to locate. I buy the fresh made flour tortillas at Central Market, but you can also find clean corn tortillas it just requires some digging. I’ve seen a few ok ones at Trader Joe’s, but they are hit and miss with adding in malted barley flour. The corn tortillas at TJ’s have traces of lime, but I personally think you could get away with them since it would be so minimal. I’ve seen people have luck with these. Check my pantry staples post for more suggestions. If you’re still having trouble, you could ask a local Mexican restaurant as they could be the best you’ll find.

PS – please excuse the poor picture. I’m working on my photography skills for better taco photos in the future.

The Dizzy Cook HYH Steak Tacos with Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde No Onion | Heal Your Headache Recipes

5 from 5 votes
The Dizzy Cook HYH Steak Tacos with Salsa Verde
The Best Steak Tacos
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
 

Completely citrus-free these migraine friendly tacos can also be made gluten free by using grain free or corn tortillas. Pair it with salsa verde and the Mexican Rice recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Salsa Verde, Steak Tacos
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
Marinade
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup tart cherry juice can find at trader joes and good grocery stores - beware of additives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp smoked paprika can also use regular paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder watch for msg names on label
  • salt and pepper
Tacos
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs flank steak
  • 4-6 tortillas HYH safe flour or corn
  • cottage cheese optional
  • 1/2 cup corn sauted or grilled optional
  • 2 green onions chopped optional
Instructions
  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together and place in a large ziploc bag or roasting pan.

  2. Add the flank steak to the marinade and let sit in the fridge for 2-7 hours.

  3. Heat charcoal or gas grill to about 425-450 and add steaks 8 min on first side. Flip and grill about 6 min on other side for medium/well. Remove and place on cutting board.

  4. Cover steak and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing across the grain of the steak (rather than with the grain). 

  5. Add toppings and enjoy!

Tortillas can be covered in tin foil and heated in the oven for 5 minutes or, if you have a gas grill, you can toast them over the open flame about 1 minute per side to get a nice char.
    5 from 5 votes
    Onion Free Salsa Verde
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins
     

    Tangy and delicious, this charred salsa verde is onion free.

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Servings: 4 people
    Ingredients
    • 4-6 tomatillos
    • 1 shallot
    • 2 cloves garlic skin on
    • 1/4 cup cilantro
    • 1 jalapeno (seeds and ribs removed) optional if you like it SPICY
    Instructions
    1. Preheat broiler to high heat.
      Peel the tomatillos from the outer paper-like skin and wash them under warm water to remove some stickiness. Remove the top stem and place on a cooking sheet. Add garlic to the sheet with skin on.

    2. Place under broiler for about 10 minutes, watching to make sure you get a nice char. Turn the tomatillos so they get charred on all sides.

    3. Remove garlic from skins and add garlic, shallot, cilantro, and jalapeno to a food processor and pulse till fully chopped. Add charred tomatillos and pulse till desired consistency is reached.

    4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

     

    Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

    15 comments

    1. Selena

      What is the name brand of the hyh tortillas you use? I’m new to the dirt so I’m trying to find my usual “staples” that are hyh safe.
      Thank you!

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        I am lucky to live near a Central Market, it’s a brand of HEB stores, but I believe they’re just in Texas. Their flour tortillas are fresh made in house and contain basic ingredients. But clean tortillas are tough to find. If you can find Tortillaland tortillas, they are clean http://www.tortillaland.com/tortillas/flour-tortillas. I’ve seen a few at Trader Joe’s, like their “Truly Handmade” tortillas, but you have to dig through all the different kinds. If you’re looking for gluten-free and can tolerate coconut, Thrive Market has organic coconut wraps that only have 3 ingredients. I’ve even gone so far as to get them from my local Mexican restaurant! I hope that helps a little bit.

        Reply

        1. Selena

          I was able to find the tortilla land brand flour tortillas at my local market today, thank you!
          Do you know if the Mexican type cheeses are okay on the hyh diet? Like queso fresco, what is it in the cheese that should be avoided? Thank you.

          Reply

          1. Alicia

            Yay! That’s wonderful. Queso fresco and queso blanco should be ok. Although it’s not specifically called out in HYH, it’s similar to farmers cheese which is cleared in HYH. I’ve also tried monterey jack with good results. American versions are only aged around 2 months.

            Reply

    2. Mandy

      5 stars
      We use this salsa verde recipe every time we make Mexican now! Goes great on everything. Thank you!

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        Haha, I’m there with you! It’s got a great, tangy flavor without the citrus or onion.

        Reply

    3. Melissa Johnston

      5 stars
      Thank you so much for these recipes! I’ve made several now and my family is loving them. My neurologist gave me HYH book about four months ago and it has made so much sense. This website has save me from eating the same thing over and over . Really wonderful work and beautiful site.

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        Thank you so much, Melissa! That’s wonderful to hear. I just made these tacos last night too and they’re one of my favorites. 🙂 If you ever have any suggestions for recipes you’d like to see. Just let me know!

        Reply

    4. Nancy

      Hey Alicia,

      To make a long story short… I didn’t have the tomatillos handy for the Salsa Verde recipe, so I used regular tomatoes recipe instead and it turned out great. Husband loved that version of it too.

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        Nancy, what a great suggestion for others too!

        Reply

    5. Sarah

      5 stars
      SO delivery!! Thanks for the great recipe 😊

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        I’m glad you enjoyed it!

        Reply

    6. Jolie Kat

      Can you recommend a gluten-free tortilla? Thanks!

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        Hey Jolie! Look for corn tortillas at your local grocery store. They are gluten free. I buy the Central Market brand if you’re in Texas, but many grocery stores just carry local brands.

        Reply

        1. Anonymous

          Thank you! 🙂

          Reply

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