19 Healthy Taco Recipes to Make Over Your Taco Tuesday
Healthier taco recipes
Tacos are a delicious way to enjoy Mexican cuisine—they're quick, filling, and flavor-packed. Our favorite healthy taco recipes turn up the heat, but keep the calorie count low. Whether you like chicken tacos, beef tacos, or vegetarian tacos, we have options that are sure to satisfy. We even have some out-of-the-box taco ideas starring tofu, pomegranate, and wonton wrappers. Try one of these healthy taco recipes the next time you're in the mood for a simple Tex-Mex meal.
Soft Tacos With Spicy Chicken
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Marinating the chicken breasts with vinegar, spices, and onion adds flavor and creates a tender base for this easy recipe. Add salsa, lettuce, and avocado slices to top these tacos off.
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, bay leaf, oregano, chipotle chiles, red onion, white wine vinegar, olive oil, dark beer, corn tortillas, cilantro, salsa
Fish Tacos With Cabbage-Carrot Slaw and Spicy Crema
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Tilapia offers lean protein and a mild base for all the zesty flavor from adobo sauce, chili powder, and cilantro. You'll love the crunch from the red cabbage, a veggie hailing from the same disease-fighting family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Ingredients: Light sour cream, adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles, jicama, red cabbage, carrots, cilantro, lime, olive oil, salt, pepper, tilapia fillets, chili powder, paprika, cumin, corn tortillas
Steak Tacos With Simple Guacamole
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This taco has a decadent taste, but is completely diet-friendly. Instead of using cheese, which is high in saturated fat, this recipe uses guacamole, which is rich in hearty-healthy fats. You'll be satisfied without doing damage to your waistline.
Ingredients: Vegetable oil, Mexican oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic, flank steak, onion, red and yellow bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, avocados, lime juice, flour tortillas
Pork-and-Black Bean Tacos
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This recipe uses leftovers from Horseradish-Crusted Pork Tenderloin to create an unusual but delicious dinner. And with 23 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, you won't be tempted to have a midnight snack.
Ingredients: Pork tenderloin, black beans, olive oil, Brussels sprouts, garlic, cider vinegar, sweet potatoes, chipotle chiles, corn taco shells, red onion, sour cream, limes
Skillet Veggie Tacos
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This low-cal taco adds a kick with the addition of jalapeño peppers. Plus the veggies and beans add 5 grams of filling fiber and 8 grams of protein.
Ingredients: Red bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, garlic, olive oil, cumin, oregano, sweet white wine, pinto beans, fat-free tortillas, feta cheese
Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos
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A salsa, cilantro, and lime juice topping adds a spicy layer to these otherwise mild tacos. And shrimp is rich in iron, which gives you energy and keeps your immune system healthy.
Ingredients: Shrimp, black beans, scallions, avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, limes, flour tortillas, red bell pepper
Tex-Mex Beef Tacos
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This recipe satisfies your craving for Mexican food, contains little fat thanks to lean ground sirloin, and is easy and quick to prepare. You can also serve it with fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, salsa, and fat-free sour cream.
Ingredients: Onion, garlic, sirloin, frozen corn, black beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chiles, fat-free tortillas
Try this recipe: Fish Tacos
Mango and avocado create a rich mix of sweet and salty flavors, while the marinated tilapia adds a tangy citrus element. The radishes have a mild bitterness, a nice complement to this 450-calorie dish.
Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, sugar, chili powder, red onion, radishes, tilapia, limes, garlic, mango, avocado, cilantro, canola oil, corn tortillas, salsa verde
Adobo-Lime Chicken Tacos
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Tired of your same old chicken breasts? Shred them and toss them with these south-of-the-border flavors for an exciting update to your regular quick chicken dinner.
Ingredients: Roasted chicken breast, fresh cilantro, light sour cream, lime juice, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, packaged, broccoli slaw mix, seasoned rice vinegar, radishes, taco shells, jarred salsa verde
Fish Tacos With Sesame Ginger Slaw
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Replacing mayo with Greek yogurt helps cut the fat content from the slaw atop this tasty taco, which gets its tangy flavor from sesame oil, lime juice, fresh ginger, honey, and low-sodium soy sauce for Tex-Mex with a twist.
Ingredients: Tilapia fillets, cooking spray, salt, pepper, Greek-style low-fat yogurt, lime juice, dark sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, ginger, honey, coleslaw mix, corn tortillas
Mojo Turkey Tacos
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Have leftover turkey breast? Chop it up and toss with low-calorie seasonings for a Mexican twist. The black beans amp up the protein, while fresh avocado offers heart-healthy and filling fat.
Ingredients: Lemon juice, orange juice, ground cumin, chili powder, minced garlic, fresh cilantro, fat-free sour cream, turkey breast, flour tortillas, black beans, salsa, iceberg lettuce, shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese, avocado
Chicken Pomegranate Guac Tacos
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This fruity taco comes from Devin Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook series. Pomegranate seeds, like similarly hued red wine, contain loads of inflammation-fighting antioxidants.
Ingredients: Boneless and skinless chicken breast, olive oil spray, salt-free Mexican seasoning, salt, avocado, pomegranate seeds, lime, garlic, corn tortillas, red onion, red cabbage, low-fat queso fresco.
Skirt Steak Tacos
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Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12, a nutrient essential for energy, and skirt steak is leaner than some other cuts of red meat. Radishes add some refreshing flavor, as well as potassium and folate.
Ingredients: Skirt steak, kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, red onion, limes, grapeseed oil, tomato, radishes, extra-virgin olive oil, corn tortillas, cilantro, queso fresco
Try this recipe: "Chorizo" Tacos
Our faux "chorizo" is sure to fool even the biggest carnivores. Flavorful chili powder helps tofu mimic the meaty original while substantially cutting back on saturated fat. Don't worry: You're still taking in 18g of protein per serving, plus vitamin C from the red bell peppers, onions, and lime.
Ingredients: Corn tortillas, olive oil, red onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, firm tofu, red bell pepper, chili powder, limes, fresh cilantro, fresh scallions
Shrimp Soft Taco With Mango Lime Salsa
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It only takes six ingredients to whip up this sweet and tangy mango lime salsa–and you'll want to put it on everything. The fruity mixture pairs perfectly with the lean protein in shrimp. Shrimp also offers energizing iron and vitamin B12.
Ingredients: Red onion, mango, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cayenne pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, shrimp, black pepper, four tortilla, fat-free sour cream
Black Bean Tacos
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Thanks to their fiber and protein, black beans are a lightened-up-taco lover's best friend. If you use pre-washed lettuce and pre-shredded carrot, you can have this filling meal ready in 10 minutes or less.
Ingredients: Black beans, corn tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, carrot, salsa
Baja Fish Tacos
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Cut back on the fat in beef tacos with a leaner protein, like these mahi mahi tacos (which can be made with any firm white fish fillets). You'll get healthier fats from the omega-3s in the seafood and the monounsaturated kind in creamy avocado. Cilantro and lime combine for a refreshing and tangy topping, while the cabbage adds vitamin C and fiber.
Ingredients: Mahi mahi, fajita seasoning, green cabbage, lime juice, salt, cilantro, corn tortillas, reduced-fat sour cream, avocado, salsa, lime wedges
Squash Tacos With Avocado
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You can make these vegan tacos with butternut or acorn squash–just look for a vibrant gourd that feels heavy for its size and firm to the touch. Either way, squash delivers a dose of vitamins and antioxidants for very few calories.
Ingredients: Butternut or acorn squash, chili powder, garlic, corn tortillas, avocado, cilantro, white onion, lime, olive oil, salt, pepper
Try this recipe: Pulled-Pork Tacos
Rich pork becomes ultra-tender in the slow cooker. You'll love the smoky flavor combination of unsweetened cocoa and chili powder. Add a little hot sauce if you can handle the heat; the active ingredient in spicy peppers, capsaicin, can help rev your metabolism.
Ingredients: Salsa, chili powder, dried oregano, unsweetened cocoa, pork butt or shoulder, corn tortillas, cilantro sprigs, sour cream, limes