Healthy Taco

A bit of Mexicana to spice up meal time without the guilt of enjoying a favourite!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 445 kcal

Equipment

  • frying pan
  • chopping knife
  • chopping board
  • Serving bowls for toppings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack taco shells hard or soft (if soft, go for wholegrain option)

Meat/vegetable mixture

  • 1 400g 5% lean minced beef chicken or turkey mince is a great substitute. Use lentils, red kidney beans, chopped up bean curd, or mushrooms as a great vegetarian/vegan substitute!
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (add powdered chilli for desired heat) For a mild and diverse heat, use Capsicana taco seasoning. But you can use any packet at your local grocers. or make your own! (check out our simple, healthy recipe!)
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic optional
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin (or any other cooking oil)

Taco toppers

  • 1-2 vine tomatoes chopped
  • 1 avocado pealed, pitted, and smashed
  • 1 small plain greek yoghurt healthy substitute for sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese low fat as cheese is for added flavour only
  • 1 cup homemade salsa If you wish to buy, purchase a fresh salsa option located in the chillers than salsa from a jar stored on shelf.
  • 1/2 head of iceburg lettuce chopped (use other green leave salad for more nutrient enriched meal)

Homemade Fresh Salsa

  • 1-2 vine tomatoes chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander remove leaves from stems and finely chop
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • salt to taste - not too much
  • 2 green chillies optional for those who like the heat

Instructions
 

Prep work

  • chop up all the fresh ingredients for each phase of meal and divide up for each segment

meat/veg option mixture

  • Heat up oil in frying pan over a medium/med high heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until golden; be sure not to burn. Add meat/veg option to pain and spices. Cook until meat is browned/cooked through. Adjust heat accordingly.

Homemade Fresh Salsa

  • Whilst meat is browning, add all the ingredients into a sealable container and store in refrigerator. Bring out upon service.

Taco shell

  • Pre-heat oven to a low temp. Place taco shell in baking tray and cover with tin foil. Bake until shells are warmed through.

Toppings

  • Place all the toppings in bowls and set out for building tacos. One or two tsp of yoghurt and a sprinkling of cheese is all you need. Add the salsa on top and enjoy.

Other options

  • Build a taco salad... break up the taco shell for added crunch.
    Add refried beans or brown rice and beans to the side for an added experience.
    In Mexico, you'll have a bunch of fresh, crunchy radishes on the side... Olay!
    Should provide 2 tacos person.