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Chef Ray – Buffalo and Sweet Potato Tacos

These were fantastic taco’s with just the right amount of kick. These are great to take on the road or to work as a lunch. Just put the segments in separate containers and then make when it’s time to eat.

From: Thomas, Biju & Lim, Allen (2011) The Feedzone Cookbook – Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes Velo Press

Serves 4

Buffalo Filling

  • 500g ground buffalo/bison (as this is readily available in NZ, I used minced beef)
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup peas
  • 1 lime

Sweet Potato Filling

  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato, cut into large cubes
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • plain yoghurt
  • coriander/cilantro sprigs
  1. To make the buffalo filling: Pour enough oil into a large sauté pan to thinly coat the bottom. Place pan over heat and add the ground buffalo, stirring often to keep meat from sticking. let the meat brown.
  2. Add the dry spices and sugar, and cook for a minute. Turn the heat to medium and continue cooking until it’s all a nice dark colour and most of the liquid has cooked off.
  3. Add peas. Season with fresh lime juice and salt to taste. Remove from the heat while the peas are still bright green.
  4. To make the sweet potato filling: Pour enough oil into a medium nonstick sauté pan to thinly coat the bottom. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and peppers, and sauté until edges of the potatoes begin to chrisp, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add chili powder and salt the taste. Stir well; turn off heat.

Pile a good amount of buffalo and sweet potato fillings on each warmed tortilla. Top with yoghurt and a few sprigs of coriander/cilantro. Makes 8 tacos.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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Healthy Eating

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

Share this post so your friends can benefit as well.

If you enjoyed this recipe here is one I published a year ago:

For more great recipes like this get the Feedzone Cookbook.

Chef Biju and Dr. Lim vetted countless meals with the world’s best endurance athletes in the most demanding test kitchens. In The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes, Thomas and Lim share their energy-packed, wholesome recipes to make meals easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and better for performance.

The Feed Zone Cookbook provides 150 delicious recipes that even the busiest athletes can prepare in less time than it takes to warm up for a workout. With simple recipes requiring just a handful of ingredients, Biju and Allen show how easy it is for athletes to prepare their own food, whether at home or on the go.

The Feed Zone Cookbook strikes the perfect balance between science and practice so that athletes will change the way they think about food, replacing highly processed food substitutes with real, nourishing foods that will satisfy every athlete’s cravings.

The Feed Zone Cookbook includes

  • 150 delicious recipes illustrated with full-color photographs
  • Breakfasts, lunches, recovery meals, dinners, snacks, desserts
  • Dr. Allen Lim’s take on the science and practice of food
  • Portable real food snacks, including Lim’s famous rice cakes
  • Dozens of quick-prep meals for before and after workouts
  • Shortcuts, substitutions, and techniques to save time in the kitchen
  • Over 100 gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives to favorite dishes


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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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