Tacos, margaritas, chips and guac, what is there not to love about Mexican food? At our house we usually indulge in some form of taco night at least once a week, with a Chipotle run here and there too.
Mexican dishes are usually pretty easy to create, and always a crowd pleaser, but that calorie count can quickly add up! Not to mention, the amount of salt and unnatural ingredients in those meals. However, If you are mindful of what you are putting in each dish, you can easily keep it healthy.
The ingredients that sneak up on you are usually tortillas, chips, cheese, and pre-made sauces/spices – so basically all the good stuff. Haha! Check labels carefully or make your own.
The first key to healthy Mexican food is making your own seasoning mix. Yes, it takes an extra minute, but that ONE minute is SO worth it!
I have played around with my seasoning mix for years, so please feel free to do so with mine. Make it just right for you and your family!
Taco Seasoning Mix:
- 1 Tbs Chili powder
- 2 tsp Cumin
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp oregano
- ⅛ tsp paprika
*Mix all ingredients together and set aside – Done! How easy was that?
Now, there are MANY ways to make these “tacos.” I am going to share the two ways I make them for my family, but again, make the necessary changes to meet your family’s needs.
Ground Turkey Tacos – Recipe #1
- 1 lb ground turkey (or other protein of choice)
- Taco Seasoning Mix (See above)
- 1 jar Frontera Double Roasted Tomato Salsa (or your favorite salsa)
- Measure out 1 cup and set aside; use remaining salsa for topping
- 1 heart Romaine lettuce, finely chopped
- 1 large tomato, diced
- Guacamole (homemade or store bought – just check ingredients)
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- 1 package Siete Cassava Flour tortillas (or your favorite tortillas – be mindful of ingredients)
- Brown the ground turkey in a medium size skillet.
- Once turkey is fully browned, drain excess liquid, and return pan to low heat.
- Add 1 cup of salsa to turkey and mix well.
- Add spice mix to turkey mixture, stir until well combined.
- Simmer on low heat.
- While turkey mixture is simmering, prepare topping ingredients for tacos – chop lettuce and dice tomato.
- If possible, heat tortillas over an open flame on stovetop. 30 sec – 1 min each side, just until brown spots appear. Or, you can heat the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat. 1-2 min per side.
- Fill tortillas with all ingredients and DIG IN!
*I personally don’t put cheese on mine, but my daughter and husband do. This is one easy and quick example of how to make everyone in the family happy!
As much as we LOVE tacos in our house, I also like to try and add variety to our weekly menus. By simply changing things up a little bit, everyone will be satisfied, without falling into a boring meal routine.
This next recipe shows how, with a couple small changes, we spice up taco night at our house.
Turkey Taco Salad Bowls – Recipe #2
- All ingredients from taco recipe above, MINUS the lettuce and tortillas.
- Salad greens of choice – spinach, romaine, arugula, etc.; chopped
- Plantain Chips OR Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips (or of course – your favorite chip choice, but again, check for healthy, simple ingredients.)
- Follow steps #1 – #5 in the above recipe.
- While turkey is simmering, prepare salad ingredients – chop salad greens and dice tomato.
- Once all ingredients are prepared, fill bowl with salad greens.
- Add desired amount of turkey mixture.
- Add all other toppings.
- Crumble plantain chips or tortilla chips on top of bowl.
- Grab a fork, mix, and ENJOY!
So, there you have it – two ways to make taco night a healthy night at home. Hope you enjoy both of these recipes! I would love to hear your variations and modifications. Please share them in the comments below.
Happy Taco Night!