Comfort Food Friday: Paleo Coditos (Elbows)

Happy Friday everyone! I am excited to share my first Comfort Food Friday post after over a year of not being active on the blog! Coditos, meaning elbows, is a popular Mexican comfort food dish that I grew up eating. Everyone has their own version of coditos which are elbow pasta cooked in a tomato base with spices. Since I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, I cut out grains, gluten, and dairy from my diet in order to help minimize my symptoms and manage my health. Lucky for me, I found an amazing brand called Jovial Foods that makes grain-free and gluten-free cassava pasta. Needless to say, when I saw they offered paleo cassava elbows, I had to give coditos a try! Vámonos and let’s get cooking!

Paleo Coditos

4-6 Servings | Paleo | Mexican Food | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free

A pot full of Mexican elbow pasta.
¡Que rico! Yummy!


  • 1 box jovial cassava pasta
  • 1/2 package lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small Can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Siete traditional hot sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chille powder
  • Water

Optional: Garnish with more cilantro, hot sauce, and serve with avocado slices.


  • Heat up a pot to medium heat with avocado oil and then add diced onions
  • Cook onions until translucent
  • Add salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and chile powder to ground beef and mix adding a tsp of avocado oil as well
  • Add ground beef to pot and brown the meat
  • Add the box of Jovial cassava pasta to the pot and mix well with the onions and ground beef.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and enough water to cover pasta.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes and stir occasionally, checking pasta for readiness.
  • Note: If pasta is not stirred or is left longer than it is supposed to, it will get very mushy and easily break apart.

Coditos ready to be devoured!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I know I certainly did. It was so nostalgic especially since I had not had coditos in YEARS! Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more content! Peace and blessings! -L

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