Did you know October 4th is National Taco Day? Learn to build a better taco and celebrate with making one of these RD approved taco recipes created by Registered Dietitians.
To successfully build a better taco you have to start from the bottom and build up. Each layer is important and can be made a little healthier on taco night.
Start with your tortillas.
The big debate – soft or hard shell. That’s really up to you. Opt to use whole grain tortillas. Not into the shell, no worries! Try making a Veggie Loaded Taco Dip and dunk with a bean-based chip. Another option is to add more fiber and use large leaf lettuce to hold your taco filling.
Choose your filling.
Great creative with healthy fillings. First add some protein. If you choose beef, choose a lean ground beef.
If you pick chicken or turkey, look for ground chicken or turkey breast. This is ensuring that is ground from all white breast meat, making it a leaner choice.
Try seafood! Many varieties of seafood work well with tacos. Seafood is lean option. If you like a firmer texture, try using salmon, shrimp, or scallops. For a flakier texture, use tilapia, haddock, or catfish.
Looking for plant-based proteins? Try beans, lentils, tofu, or tempeh.
Plus, pump up your tacos with plenty of veggies. Think beyond the traditional lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Add roasted squashes, sautéed kale, broccoli slaw or a peach salsa. The possibilities are endless!
Make your own taco seasoning for a lower-sodium option for your taco filling.
Add your toppings.
After you loaded your taco with healthy fillings, top it with some more flavor! Add a fresh salsa, guacamole, and/or Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream for a leaner choice and a boost of protein.
Need some taco inspiration? Choose from these 25 delicious taco recipes created by Registered Dietitians.
Classic Tacos via Living Well Kitchen
Sloppy Joe Tacos via Teaspoon of Spice
Steak Tacos with Nectarine Corn Salsa via Nuritioulicious
Slow Cooker Beef & Beans Tacos via My Menu Pal
Shredded Beef Breakfast Tacos via 24 Carrot Life
Chipotle Beef Tacos with Watermelon Salsa via Nutritioulicious
Baked Chicken Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce via The Lean Green Bean
Crockpot Chicken Tacos via Real Food Real Deals
Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos via Hungry Hobby
Mom’s Taco Skillet via Kroll’s Korner
Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Creamy Avocado Broccoli Slaw via RDelicious Kitchen
Crawfish Boil Tacos via Living Well Kitchen
Easy Fish Tacos via Homemade Nutrition
Blackened Salmon Tacos via The Nutrition Adventure
Spiced Lime Vinaigrette Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa via My Menu Pal
Speedy Shrimp Tacos via My Menu Pal
Vegan Tacos with California Walnuts via Nutrition a la Natalie
Vegan Tempeh Tacos via The Grateful Grazer
Black Bean and Kale Tacos via Living Well Kitchen
Crunchy Lentil Tacos w/ Avocado Feta Guacamole via The Spicy RD
Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Mango Habanero Salsa via My Cape Cod Kitchen
BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos via Marisa Moore Nutrition
Shrimp Tacos with Yogurt Slaw via fANNEtastic Food
Loaded Tofu Tacos via My Cape Cod Kitchen
Wild Mushroom Garlic Tacos via 24 Carrot Life
Want to skip the shell? Try a Grilled Tofu Taco Salad with Peach Mango Salsa, or Quinoa Taco Salad. Rather slurp with a spoon? Try a Crockpot Taco Soup or a Freezer Friendly Taco Soup. The taco-bilities are endless!
What is your favorite taco combination?