Spiced Pork and Mango Tacos

A spin on the traditional taco night with pork and mango.  If you can’t find mango, substitute pineapple.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 (6-ounce) boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mango
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 lime wedges

What you’ll do:

  • Combine the salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and allspice in a small bowl.
  • Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork.
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oil to the pan; swirling to coat.
  • Add the pork to the pan and cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Remove the pork from the pan and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper to the pan and saute 5 minutes or until lightly charred.
  • Remove the onion mixture from the pan.
  • Warm the tortillas according to package directions.
  • Top the tortillas evenly with the pork, onion mixture, mango and cilantro.
  • Serve tacos with a lime wedge.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Three-Bean Tacos

Taco night gets a hefty dose of protein with this fun meatless recipe that features three different types of beans along with veggies, cheese and spices.  Recipe serves 6.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 12 taco shells
  • 3/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 3/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa

What you’ll do:

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add the onion, bell peppers, chili powder, oregano, cumin and garlic.
  • Saute 2 minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas and beans along with the tomato sauce.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until thick.
  • Prepare the taco shells according to package direction.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup bean mixture into each shell and top as desired.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Thick and tangy Mexican crema cools down these tacos.  If you can’t find crema, substitute sour cream with a splash of lime juice.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons mojo marinade (such as Goya)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cut into 16 slices
  • 1 rip avocado, cut into 16 slices
  • 1/4 cup Mexican crema

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oil to pan and swirl to coat.
  • Add the pork.
  • Cook 5 minutes, turning to brown all sides.
  • Place pan in the oven.
  • Bake for 8 minutes; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 slices.
  • Combine the pork and the mojo marinade in a medium bowl; toss to coat.
  • Combine the vinegar, 3 tablespoons of water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to boil.
  • Remove from heat and add onion slices.  Let stand for 10 minutes, then drain.
  • Working with 1 tortilla at a time, toast in a pan until warmed and tender.
  • Arrange two pork slices in the center of each tortilla.  Top with 2 tablespoons onion, 2 jalapeno slices, 2 avocado wedges and 1/2 teaspoon crema.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Shrimp Tacos with Green Apple Salsa

Serve this twist on a classic with some mashed black beans on the side.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 minced jalapeno pepper (remove the seeds!)
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 ounce crumbled queso fresco (or feta)

What you’ll do:

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, cumin, paprika, and red pepper in a small bowl.
  • Combine the shrimp with the spice mixture in a large zip-lock bag.  Seal.  Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons lime juice, onions, 1/8 teaspoon salt, lime zest, apple slices and jalapeno in a bowl.  Toss.
  • Remove the shrimp from the bag and discard of the remaining marinade.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle the shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Grill shrimp 2 minutes on each side or until down.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan and keep warm.
  • Toast the tortillas in the hot grill pan, if desired.
  • Divide the shrimp evenly among the tortillas along with the apple salsa and the cheese.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Taco Tuesday {five filling ideas}

Want to make taco night more exciting?  Try one of these fast fillings for tortillas.  Start with a warm 6-inch tortillas and then pick from these tasty combos.  Each combo is one serving and about 200 calories.  So you might want to make two tacos.

Fajita-Style Steak

1.5 ounces grilled flank steak

1 tablespoon guacamole

1 tablespoon pepper Jack cheese

1/4 cup grilled peppers and onions

Crustacean Crunch

2 tablespoons pico de gallo

1/4 cup shredded red cabbage

2 ounces grilled shrimp

1 tablespoon salsa verde


1 tablespoon light sour cream

1 tablespoon Monterey-Jack cheese

1/4 cup shredded lettuce

1.5 ounces seasoned lean ground beef

Black Bean Fiesta

1 1/2 tablespoons feta cheese

1/4 cup black beans

1/4 cup sauteed zucchini

2 tablespoons grilled corn

1 tablespoon salsa

Wakey Breaky

1 tablespoon roasted poblano peppers

1 tablespoon queso fresco (or feta cheese)

1 tablespoon diced tomato

1 large egg, scrambled

2 tablespoons hash brown potatoes

Images and recipes from Cooking Light.

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Pulled Pork Tacos

Let your crock pot do all the work with only 15 minutes of prep time.  Recipe serves 6 (3 tacos per person).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups bottled salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless pork butt (or shoulder), trimmed of excess fat
  • 18 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (or fat-free sour cream)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)

What you’ll do:

  • Combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa powder and salt in the slow cooker.
  • Add the pork and turn to coat.
  • Cook, covered, on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees about 20 minutes before dinner.
  • Stack the tortillas and wrap in foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until warm.
  • Shred the pork with 2 forks and stir into the cooking liquid.
  • Serve the shredded pork with the warmed tortillas and top with cilantro, Greek yogurt, lime and extra salsa.

Recipe and image from Health.

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Asian Tacos

Tacos with a twist!  Serve this 20-minute tacos with some pineapple chunks and you’ll have a happy family.  Recipes makes 4 servings, 2 tacos each.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 bag (1 pound) frozen broccoli, red peppers, onions, mushrooms (or other combo), thawed
  • 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce
  • 8 whole-wheat tortillas (8 inch)

What you’ll do:

  • In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.  Remove from heat.
  • Cut the vegetables so their all the same size (about 1 inch).
  • Add to the chicken in the skillet and cook about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce and heat through.
  • Serve about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture in each tortilla (warm tortillas, if desired).

Recipe and image from Betty Crocker. 

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