I’ve been thinking a lot about tacos this week. But if I’m being transparent with you, I probably think about tacos a lot every week. I’ve been reflecting (does this make me sound deep?) on why tacos have such a special place in all of our hearts.
Here is my top four list of reasons why we all love tacos!
1) Tacos are healthy
Tacos, when made correctly, are so easy to pack with nutrient rich foods. We manage to sneak tons of veggies into both the filling and toppings. If you like the classics, which we obviously do, our filling will often have bell peppers and tomatoes.
What is a taco night without salsa and guacamole, which happen to be fruit and vegetable packed. Avocados may be trendy, but they are going to stay a staple in our house. They are filled with healthy fats and offer the perfect creamy texture which eliminates my desire for cheese.
Side note – If you are getting your tacos from a certain fast food company I am not endorsing these as healthy…
2) Upcycle leftovers
Upcycling – the perfect way to turn uninspired containers of extras sitting in the back of your fridge into a whole new meal. Ideally, you will love your upcycled tacos so much that there won’t be a second round of leftovers. The beauty of tacos is that you can use what is in your fridge and pretty much always turn it into a fantastic taco. Think leftover roast chicken, your stir fry from last night, and that small bit of pasta sauce that isn’t quite enough for another serving.
3) They can have any flavour profile
Obviously, the classic taco has Mexican-inspired flavours: cumin, chili peppers, paprika and more. This is a favourite in our house as my husband could live on cumin seasoned everything. It is easily the spice that appears most often on my shopping list. But, we have also tried other flavours to change things up. If you have leftover stir fry – this might be the time to try an Asian inspired taco. This is the time to draw inspiration from your favourite ethnic food combinations. I can almost promise you won’t go wrong if you pick complementary flavours and follow my taco perfection formula below!
4) You can make it your own.
You can make tacos with anything you want – aka all your favourite foods – unless your list of favourite foods is enormous like mine. We might need to have a week of taco nights to incorporate all my favourite foods. Suddenly I’m thinking that this really isn’t a horrible idea!
I hope that you enjoy this alternate, healthy version of tacos that we love!
- 4 bell peppers
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 medium white onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 400mL can of tomato sauce
- ½ cup frozen corn
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 avocado
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
- Add 1 tsp of oil to a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Chop the onion and garlic and add to the frying pan.
- Break up the ground beef in the frying pan.
- Stir regularly until the onion is translucent and ground beef is cooked. Meanwhile, slice peppers in half, remove core and seeds, and set aside.
- Add in all of the spices and saute for 1 minute.
- Add tomato sauce, corn and quinoa and bring everything to the same temperature.
- Fill each pepper with the beef and quinoa mixture.
- Top with a diced avocado and serve.