Healthy taco recipes for the win! Everyone loves a good taco and luckily with these tasty recipes there is a healthy taco for everyone!
As a kid in New England, our idea of tacos was ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and dill pickles. Usually stuffed into a crispy, store bought taco shell. And while they are delicious and something I still crave sometimes, my definition of what makes a delicious taco has evolved quite a bit. Initially when I moved to Los Angeles, the land of amazing tacos, my first experiences with street tacos was far from healthy. However over the years I have learned to take all my favorite street tacos and turn them into homemade healthy tacos filled with a huge variety of toppings.
Before we did into the list, let's talk about some general strategies for making healthy taco recipes at home.
Chicken is one of the easiest proteins to use for healthy tacos. You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs to keep things light. If you use bone-in chicken, remove the skin before using it in the tacos to lower the calories and fat. In terms of cooking chicken for tacos, there are so many options. You can grill it, use your slow cooker, or quickly cook it on the stove top. And if you are pressed for time, you can always use a store bough rotisserie chicken for a quick and easy healthy taco filling.
I am always shocked when someone tells me they shy away from red meat completely when they are trying to eat healthier. Although some red meat is really high in calories and fat, there are also tons of lean options that make for excellent tacos. Classic tacos with lean ground beef are always an option but there are so many more incredible options. Try making carne asada at home on the grill, slow cooker beef for amazing shredded beef tacos, and use lean sirloin steak to make quick stove top beef tacos.
The most popular of all pork tacos is probably carnitas but since the traditional version is pork shoulder cooked in its own fat, it's definitely not the healthiest option around. And most of the other popular pork options are equally high calorie since they use fattier cuts of pork. Luckily by making a few easy swaps, you can make some seriously good and healthy pork tacos at home. Most use either pork tenderloin or lean boneless pork chops. And you can even use a pork shoulder if you make sure to trip off most of the fat.
When it comes to making healthy tacos, seafood is one of my all time favorite options. Throwing grilled fish into a warm corn tortilla and loading it up with cabbage, guacamole, and salsa is one of the best things around. Plus since most seafood is naturally low in calories, it's always a smart option for a healthy taco. Make sure to think about variety when it comes to seafood tacos. Shrimp, scallops, squid, crab, and almost any type of fish are all fair game and delicious.
Before we finish sharing our favorite healthy taco recipes, we have to share some amazing vegetarian tacos. These tacos are naturally healthy featuring loads of fresh veggies and beans. Many can be made in under 15 minutes on the stove and there are also some delicious grilled and slow cooker options. Plus many of these are really versatile - change out the veggies, add your favorite beans, and as always - go crazy with all your favorite healthy taco toppings.
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