I’m a huge meat-eater (obviously my Argentinian roots are to blame)!! 🙂 But I have recently been trying to eat less of it since I have become such a big health nut over the last couple years. Because of my meat passion one of my favorite little snacks (there are so many) is beef jerky…and yes even turkey jerky! #YUM
Since becoming a crazy health freak (and learning about my dairy/gluten food allergies) I came to find out how many nasty ingredients are actually in those jerky treats that really arent healthy for our bodies EVEN if you’re not allergic.
I set out to make my own little jerky bites and created this recipe that is SOOOOO quick and easy ~ and delicious to make ~ it’s crazy that I didn’t do it any sooner! There is barely any prep involved and with only 5 ingredients, you won’t have to spend more than 20-30 minutes from start to finish.
And the best part of it, is that this recipe contains NO junk and only healthy ingredients. Keep in mind that you don’t want to eat this every single day (as meat in general – especially red meat – isn’t very healthy) but everything in moderation. 🙂
Homemade Paleo Beef Jerky
Serves 4-5 people
Dairy-Free // Gluten-Free // Paleo-Friendly
Created By: Author of OneSpicyPepper.com
- 5 large super thin sliced beef steaks (organic grass fed recommended; and be sure to use a cut with little to NO fat)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tsp salt/pepper (I never measure the amount I use so this is a guesstimate)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp ground paprika (this is optional, but I personally love it on my jerky)
- Over medium-high heat, add your oil to a large frying pan.
- As the oil starts to get warm, add your steaks to the pan (I squeeze all 5 of mine onto the same pan; as they cook they will shrink a bit).
- Add your salt/pepper and paprika to the steaks (seasoning only one side).
- As they start to brown, make sure to cook each steak evenly on both sides (thin steaks cook very quickly so be sure to keep an eye on them).
- As soon as they’re cooked (but before they get browned) remove the steaks from the heat and dice them into little squares.
- Throw the steak bits back into the pan with a little lime juice and continue cooking them until they have fully caramelized (and the lime juice has been thoroughly absorbed).
Optional: You can also add a little extra lime juice to the finished jerky bits if you want more of that citrus flavor. I love to do this sometimes.
These will stay fresh in the fridge for about a week, although they taste so good they probably won’t last that long. LOL ~ They can also be eaten hot or cold.
Would love to know what you think!