Whether you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration this year or need new, fresh ideas for your weekly Taco Tuesday, you won’t feel bad about indulging in these healthy, delicious recipes for tacos and toppings – all made with fresh greenhouse grown vegetables! Celebrating and exploring various food cultures is a great reason to create something new. Though both Mexican and Mexican-American cultures have celebrated Cinco de Mayo for decades, it has grown in popularity across North America over the past few years. If you are looking to host family and friends, be sure to prepare these tasty fiesta recipes filled with healthy and nutritious greenhouse grown vegetables in celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year.
Cinco de Mayo is more than just ordinary tacos and margaritas – it’s an important day to honor Mexican culture and Mexico’s triumph over the French in the Battle of Puebla. Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo celebrations often include parades, music, and of course delicious Mexican foods. One of our favorites is tacos! When it comes to tacos, the combinations are pretty much endless – it doesn’t just have to be a tortilla filled with meat, cheese, and lettuce. For those of you looking to host your own fiesta, we have put together some unique recipe ideas for tacos, as well as some delicious toppings, that will get you in the celebrating spirit! Create your very own taco bar and wow your guests with a variety of both fillings and toppings, all made with healthy fresh vegetables. Fresh always tastes the best!
GET CREATIVE WITH TACOS
Are you on the hunt for the next delicious taco? Then you definitely need to try the Baja Shrimp Tacos recipe from our friend Heather, at Fit Mama Real Food. It has perfectly seasoned shrimp that cook up quickly, paired with simple ingredients like Baja sauce, slaw, crunchy tortilla strips, and toasted tortillas. The addition of Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes brings balance to the heat from the Baja sauce and the paprika seasoned shrimp. This tasty crowd-pleaser is ready in under 20 minutes and it’s sure to be a crowd favorite!
If you’re looking for a healthy and unique version of a taco, then you surely need to try Paneer Stuffed Pepper Tacos, a new recipe submitted from our friend, Tanya. In place of regular taco shells, she used Craft House Collection® Aurora Long Sweet Peppers for the perfect crunchy, low-carb option. Our favorite part of these tacos are the flavorful, crisp peppers – we guarantee that you won’t miss the crunch of a regular taco shell. This is a great meal to enjoy on your own or they can be sliced into bite-sized pieces as a snack to be shared with your guests.
We just can’t get enough of tacos so we put together our Best 15 Healthy Taco Recipes to share and inspire you to try something new for your Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday celebrations! Try our delightful Chimichurri Vegan Taco if you’re seeking a nutritious plant-based meal option. If you’re a fan of the Keto lTry our delightful Chimichurri Vegan Taco if you’re seeking a nutritious plant-based meal option. If you’re a fan of the Keto lifestyle, you’ll want to try the high protein Taco Breakfast Casserole or the Low Carb Bell Pepper Tacos drizzled with Buffalo sauce. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, the Chorizo Sangria® Tomato Tacos are served on a corn tortilla and feature the authentic taste of Mexican chorizo sausages, paired with cilantro and Sangria® Medley Tomatoes.
LOAD UP ON TOPPINGS!
It can be said that the toppings make or break the taco! Luckily, these are generally very easy and quick to prepare, and yet still full of flavor. They serve to complement the filling of the tacos, whether that is steak, pork, seafood, or plant-based alternatives. The toppings play a crucial role in making the tacos a complete meal with a combination of vegetables and salsas.
If you are looking for a new crunchy topping to go with your favorite filling then you must try the Pickled Veggie Slaw from registered dietician Laura Ashley. Featuring delicious Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and jicama tossed in a perfectly flavored dressing, this slaw is full of both flavor and texture to compliment any taco base. It makes a great side dish, addition to tacos, or a salad accessory. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Sometimes tradition is best! One of our all-time favorite is Fiesta Salsa made with vibrant Sangria® Medley Tomatoes. All the colors, tastes and textures of the rainbow: sweet, tart, plump and juicy! Tossed in a simple yet refreshing dressing of herbs, olive oil, and zesty lime, this fresh salsa is easy to prepare in under 10 minutes. You may want to make a double batch if you’ve got a crowd coming over as we promise you that this will be eaten up quickly! Make this ahead of time for ease of party preparations and bonus that it gives the salsa time for the flavors to all come together!
So as you prepare to enjoy your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, check you local community calendar for any parades or traditional events where you can participate and appreciate Mexican culture. Host your own fiesta with family and friends and relax at home with good company. Decorate with bright colors, play some traditional music, and of course, enjoy excellent Mexican food. Think outside the box when it comes to what you prepare for your guests. Try a new healthy taco dish and impress your guests with variety, all while utilizing healthy fresh vegetables because as we know, fresh is best! One of the best parts about setting up a taco bar, and all the dishes listed here, is that they can be tweaked to suit your guests’ preferences or to provide an alternative to particular diets. If you want fresh, think of Pure Flavor®! We have a variety of vibrant greenhouse grown vegetables that you can use to make terrific festive recipes for Cinco de Mayo and your weekly Taco Tuesday.
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