Spice up your lunch routine with this keto spicy beef avocado cups recipe. It’s overflowing with deliciousness!
Working with Chili Peppers
These beef avocado cups bring the heat with chili peppers. They’re a great flavor booster you can turn to whenever you want heat.
I hear from a lot of people who like spicy foods but aren’t used to handling peppers at home. And then there is another group, who loves spicy food but shies away from preparing it after doing so incorrectly in the past.
So safety first here. Always wear gloves when handling chili peppers. The stuff that makes peppers hot, capsaicin, will ruthlessly burn your skin if you’re not careful.
That stinging burn is really hard to get rid of too. And just like ice water won’t put out the fire in your mouth after eating an especially spicy pepper or sauce, it won’t help your hands much either.
Then comes the secondary problem – you might inadvertently transfer that heat to somewhere even worse, like your eyes.
Contact lens wearers, be warned. The time to take out your lenses is before handling peppers, not after.
Even if you wear gloves, stuff can happen and trust me, you do not want to be getting pepper juice in your eye. Ever.
OK, now that that public service announcement is out of the way, let’s back up a step and talk about which pepper to pick in the first place.
How to Pick a Pepper
Peppers should be firm, with smooth skin. As you might suspect, a wrinkled pepper is past its prime.
You can guesstimate the hotness of the pepper by its shape. If you prefer a milder pepper, look for specimens that are blunt at the bottom and broad at the top, by the stem. A spicier choice would be peppers that have pointed tips and a narrower base.
Once you get them home, you can get a sense of their hotness by smelling them. Cut a pepper open and hold it near your nose. If it’s hot, you’ll start tingling. A strong sensation warns that it’s a particularly hot pepper.
If nothing happens, you’ve likely got a mild one.
Where’s the Beef? (For Keto)
It’s safe to assume you’re a beef fan if you stopped by to check out this recipe. It’s also fair to believe you might be looking for more.
Fortunately, I’ve got you covered, with this list of amazing keto recipes featuring beef.
There’s everything from beef stroganoff to beef teriyaki, and every one is keto!
A spicy keto lunch option.
- 1 beef steak (choose a fattier cut), chopped into small cubes
- 2 chili peppers, diced and seeds removed (add more if you prefer it spicy)
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 large ripe avocado, halved and stone removed
- Add the avocado oil to a frying pan on high heat and cook the steak cubes until done to your liking. Set aside.
- Then add the chili peppers and onions to the frying pan and cook until softened. Use more avocado oil if needed. Return the steak cubes to the frying pan and season with tamari sauce.
- Spoon the beef mixture over the avocado halves and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Calories: 570
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 50 g
- Carbohydrates: 13 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 19 g