Happy National Taco Day! Whoever invented the beloved taco was a genius. Simply take a corn or flour tortilla in one hand and scoop in lettuce, spiced meat, guacamole, salsa or whatever your heart desires with the other hand, and boom — you’ve made yourself a wholesome (handheld) meal bursting with flavors! To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of healthy taco recipes for you to celebrate without going over your sodium and calorie goals.
1. Huevos Rancheros Tacos | Cooking Light
This decadent knife-and-fork taco features a soft, runny egg atop beans, cheese, pico de gallo and so much more! Each taco delivers 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber helping you feel fuller and oh-so-satisfied. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 taco each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 206mg; Sodium: 354mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 13g
2. Simple Fish Tacos with Corn & Tomato Salsa | Cook Smarts
Get your omega-3s on! These mahimahi tacos with corn and tomato salsa features an amazing yet simple spice blend. The fish is baked, making this meal super quick and healthy. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 tacos and 1/4 of salsa each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 312; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 106g; Sodium: 436mg; Total Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 31g
3. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | Skinnytaste
Want to give your tacos a crisp, low-carb twist? Try subbing in lettuce leaves for the traditional tortillas. These turkey taco wraps use this concept, with a rich, meaty taco filling. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 lettuce wraps each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 256; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 113mg; Sodium: 714mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 30g
4. One-Pot Taco Casserole | Fit Foodie Finds
Jazz up your Taco Tuesday with this easy to clean up one-pot taco casserole! Load it up with all the trimmings for terrific tacos — meat, corn, black beans, cheese — and into the oven it goes. This high-protein quick meal is sure to be a kid favorite, with no mess! Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 316; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 94mg; Sodium: 734mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 28g
5. Smoky Tilapia Tacos | Cooking Light
Inexpensive tilapia is readily available and makes an excellent addition to this taco recipe. Broiling makes this a no-fuss fish dish that packs plenty of fiber and protein. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 tacos each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 293; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 87mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 33g
6. Easy Chicken Taco Salad | The Honour System
Healthy doesn’t have to mean eating plain grilled chicken breasts every day. Keep lunch flavorful with this easy chicken taco salad: creamy salsa-ranch chicken breasts and crunchy tortilla chips over a bed of crisp romaine lettuce! It’s a one-pan wonder that’s ready in 20 minutes or less! Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 336; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 76mg; Sodium: 780mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 37g
7. Bell Pepper Taco Skillet | Inspiralized
This Mexican-themed meal is sure to become one of your most craved dishes — the melted cheese, savory beef and seasoned bell pepper “noodles” are irresistible. With an easy cleanup, too, what’s not to love? Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 skillet each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 327; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 431mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 19g
8. Easy Taco Salad | I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening
Best served hot, this taco salad is healthier than its restaurant counterpart and ridiculously easy to serve up. Seasoned ground beef mixed with refreshing pico de gallo and crunchy tortilla chips spice up greens any day! Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 308; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 64mg; Sodium: 423mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 28g
9. Sriracha Chicken Tacos | Jar of Lemons
7 ingredients. 30 minutes. Get a hot home-cooked meal on the table without sacrificing flavor with these sriracha-infused chicken tacos. Bonus, they’re as picture-worthy as they’re tasty! Recipe makes 3 servings at 2 tacos each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 261; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 371mg; Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 22g
10. Grilled Chicken Tacos | Creme de la Crumb
A simple marinade is the secret to juicy, tender chicken in these mouthwatering tacos. Garnish these tacos up with corn salsa, avocado and cilantro for a refreshing and flavorsome crunch in each bite. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 tacos each.
Nutrition (per serving without toppings): Calories: 271; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 42mg; Sodium: 519mg; Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 20g