Happy National Taco Day! Tacos are amazing no matter what day they’re consumed on, but today we celebrate this delicious Mexican classic, which can be easily made healthy. You can’t go wrong with a taco. They’re personalized to your liking. You can choose from a wide variety of meats, or you can go meatless. You can top them with cheese, tomato, lettuce, avocado, corn, black beans, or whatever your heart desires. There are a variety of condiments that you can pick as well. With all of this personalization, there’s guaranteed to be a taco for everyone. Some people even swear by tacos so much that they wrote a book about a taco cleanse! I’ve never read this book, so I can’t endorse it, but one thing’s for certain: the taco love is real.
I decided to make an extremely simple taco recipe so that you can celebrate and stay true to your healthy lifestyle simultaneously. As a meat eater, I find that ground meats work extremely well in tacos, so I went for ground turkey. I chose the 99% fat free variety to limit the amount of calories in the dish and also to consume the lowest possible amount of saturated fat, but 96% and even 93% are still good choices. Sometimes I like to deck out my tacos and go wild with toppings, but since these were so simple, I only used a few ingredients: shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and cilantro. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and I kept each taco down to about 130 calories each.
If you’d like to make your tacos at home today, try this recipe out. It’s so easy, so flavorful, and so healthy!
- 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Shredded lettuce
- Corn tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, or sprouted grains tortillas
- Black pepper
- Suggested seasonings: garlic powder, crushed red pepper, adobo, chili powder
- Optional: shredded cheese, cilantro, lime
- Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a pan and heat on medium low.
- Once olive oil is heated, add the diced onions to the pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onions begin to turn translucent.
- Add the ground turkey to the pan and add salt, black pepper, and your desired seasonings, as well as fresh squeezed lime juice. Continue to move the turkey pieces around so that all sides cook evenly. After a few minutes, cut 1 or 2 large pieces of turkey and if there's no pink in the middle, it's ready.
- Place tortillas in a tray or a pan. Sprinkle with shredded lettuce.
- Spoon some ground turkey into each tortilla. If using cheese, sprinkle it on top of the turkey to give it an opportunity to melt.
- Top each taco with diced tomato and garnish with cilantro and lime wedges if desired. Serve with salsa and enjoy!
- Calories: exact count will vary based on tortillas used. Mine were 50 calories each, so 1 taco was about 130 calories.