One of the easiest styles to use when meal planning is choosing meals based on themed nights of the week. AND…I’d venture to guess that the most popular Theme Night dinner is Taco Tuesday. But, let’s be honest, week after week, month after month, as much as we love those crispy little shells filled with that cumin spiced meat mixture, it CAN get old. Don’t be afraid, though, to put a little twist on the traditional taco by mixing up the components. Here are a couple of ways to do just that, followed by some great recipes:
You don’t have to use a crunchy corn tortilla every single week. Other alternatives can be as simple as soft corn or flour tortillas, lettuce leaves (bibb and romaine work the best), pizza crust (YES! Taco Pizza! A marriage of TWO theme nights!), tortilla chips, and even a bed of lettuce.
Skip the ground beef and go with ground turkey or ground chicken for a leaner meat. OR, ditch the ‘ground’ textures and use fish, shrimp, tofu, red/green/yellow peppers, sauteed or grilled zucchini/squash, shredded chicken or pork, or beans. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s where taco night can get really exciting. By mixing up the flavor profiles, every taco night can taste different. You can go with the traditional Mexican theme flavors and still mix it up by using Chipotle Lime Rub, Tia Rosa’s Enchilada Sauce, or Fajita Seasoning for kick. I’ve fallen in love with Latin and Greek inspired lettuce wraps using Opa! Greek Seasoning or Italian Salad Dressing Mix. And, don’t forget the Asian route. You can saute any meat in our Asian Skillet meal flavoring, toss it in our Asian Ginger Plum Dressing or even cook fajita meat in our Hoisin sauce–yum!!
Now, you’ll want to choose your toppings based on all of the above. Some great ideas are taco sauce (surprise!), avocado, tomato, lettuce, cabbage slaw, chopped water chestnuts, shredded carrots, jicama slaw, feta cheese, cotija cheese, splash of lime, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream, crunchy seeds/nuts like pumpkin or pine nuts, ranch dressing, etc.
WOW. That’s a lot of options, right? Below are 7 ways to put all those combinations together to make a meal! Many of the meals call for Wildtree products but, if you’re in a pinch, you can always sub in some other seasonings or sauces for those. Not sure which ones? Leave a comment and I can offer some suggestions.
Shell: Soft corn or flour tortillas
Filling: Pork tenderloin or shoulder (my fave!)
Seasoning: Wildtree Mojo Sauce & Marinade
Toppings: Cilantro, Red Onion, Lime Juice
Latin Lettuce Wraps
Shell: Romaine Lettuce Leaves
Filling: Ground turkey
Seasoning: Wildtree Adobo Seasoning & Rancher Steak Rub (alternative: Adobo Seasoning and salt/pepper)
Toppings: Shredded carrots, water chestnuts, scallions, and infused strawberry (or any fruit) vinegar (THE secret!)
Shell: Lettuce and tortilla chips
Filling: Any ground or shredded meat
Seasoning: Traditional taco flavor
Toppings: Tomatoes, cheese, onions, black olives, avocado, Wildtree Classic Catalina Dressing (I KNOW! Welcome back 1980’s but, seriously, this stuff is SO good on a taco salad)
Shell: Soft corn or flour tortillas
Seasoning: Jerk Seasoning
Toppings: red cabbage, red bell pepper, red onion, pineapple, cilantro, sour cream, and Pineapple Jalapeno Jam
Shell: Poblano Peppers
Filling: Rice, onions, black beans & corn
Seasoning: Taco sauce and Fiesta Salsa Mix
Toppings: Shredded cheese
Shell: Corn tortillas
Filling: Flank steak
Seasoning: Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Sauce
Toppings: Mango salsa
Shell: Soft flour or corn tortillas
Filling: Peppers, onions, spinach, and/or mushrooms
Seasoning: Any Mexican-inspired seasoning
Toppings: Sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes
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