Does your Taco Tuesday checklist look something like this?
“Tortillas? Check. Ground meat? Check. Lettuce and tomato? Check.”
If the same ‘ole taco routine has gotten a bit stale, consider that tacos can be so much more than the usual tortilla, ground meat and predictable veggie toppings. They can be a vessel for some serious deliciousness while packing quality nutrition. Think of the possibilities! Almost any nourishing food fits in a taco! So, why not mix things up when making your next taco meal by challenging your palate with some new flavor combinations. Intrigued? We thought so!
Bust out of your taco rut by trying some of these ideas:
TACO TIP: Use corn (a great gluten-free option), whole wheat or sprouted grain tortillas as your base and keep them small, a 6-inch tortilla is a good size. Or substitute romaine or other large-leaf lettuce for the tortillas, where appropriate.
The Greek Taco
Fill a whole wheat tortilla with cooked chicken, kalamata olives, sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, a dollop of Greek yogurt, some Greek Salad Dressing and chopped tomatoes. (Greek Salad Dressing Recipe curtesy of Jodie Shield, RDN of Healthy Eating for Families.)
The 3 Corn Taco
Fill warmed corn tortillas with sautéed white hominy, fresh corn, shredded romaine lettuce, chopped cilantro and lettuce, and a dash of sriracha or this awesome Habanero BBQ Sauce (Habanero BBQ Sauce recipe curtesy of Elizabeth Shaw RDN of Shaw Simple Swaps.)
The Turkey Meatball Sub Taco
Cook up these Easy Turkey Meatballs, then add them to a toasted tortilla and top with mozzarella cheese, shredded spinach, and a drizzle of your favorite pasta sauce. (Easy Turkey Meatballs recipe curtesy of Lindsey Janeiro, RDN of Nutrition to Fit.)
The Spicy Chicken Parmesan Taco
Make these Spicy Gluten Free Chicken Tenders then place on tortillas and top with a little shredded parmesan cheese. Add chopped tomatoes and fresh, chopped basil. (Spicy Gluten Free Chicken Tenders recipe curtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN of Nutrition Starring You.)
The Caesar Salad Taco
Fill whole wheat tortillas with plenty of shredded romaine, then add some roasted chickpeas and top with this Creamy Caesar Salad dressing, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. (Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing recipe is courtesy of Sara Haas RDN, LDN)
The Tofu Stir Fry Taco
Cook up this Snap Peas Tofu Stir Fry and place on warmed tortillas then top with curry-infused Greek yogurt and roasted turmeric sweet potatoes. (Snap Pea Tofu Stir Fry recipe curtesy of Meme Inge RDN of Living Well Kitchen.)
The Soy Salmon Taco
Fill tortillas with Pan-seared Salmon then top with a honey-soy dressing, toasted sesame seeds, micro greens and bean sprouts. (Pan-Seared Salmon recipe courtesy of Maria Westberg Adams RDN at HÄLSA Nutrition). Toss some apples with a little honey and cinnamon and bake until tender. Place them on a warm tortilla and top with toasted walnuts, golden raisins, and a little bit of whipped cream.
Armed with these taco fillings, there’s no way you’ll ever get tired of tacos. Just remember, creativity is key! Still need more inspiration? Try Olympian (and Luvo Ambassador) Natalie Coughlin’s Street-Style Taco Hack using our Chicken Chile Verde meal.