Tacos are a fun and versatile food. You can easily get most, if not all, of the main food groups into one serving. Traditionally, the most popular version of tacos are filled with ground beef, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, however it is not uncommon to hear of ground turkey, chicken, or fish tacos as well.
Tacos can go into either a hard or soft shell. Theoretically, you can fill the hard taco shell or soft flat-bread version with anything you want, even going for the unusual.
In the mood for tacos, but want to try something a little different? Here are some ideas.
Tofu, cheese and beans
Not in the mood for meat, but want to get a good dose of protein? Try sauteing some diced tofu with a bit of onion and garlic with tofu and bean tacos. Firm or extra-firm tofu will work best and any seasoning you sprinkle on the mixture will absorb nicely. Once you cook the tofu to the desired consistency, add your favorite beans to the mix and heat thoroughly. Top your tofu taco with shredded cheddar, or other preferred cheese.
Sauteed mushroom tacos are another excellent option for vegetarians per Runner’s World. You can toss in with mozzarella or your favorite soft cheese for a unique taste.
Chickpea tacos are another great meat alternative per Vegetarian Times. The options are many when it comes to chickpeas. You can have chickpeas and rice, chickpeas and corn salsa, or even chickpeas and potatoes (or sweet potatoes for an even more unique taste). Blend with cumin and some chili powder, or experiment with your own flavors.
Pizza flavored tacos
For a kid-friendly option, try building pizza tacos. Substitute the salsa and/or taco mix for a bit of tomato sauce. Simmer in ground beef, turkey, sausage or whatever suits your fancy. Top off your filled shell with your favorite pizza toppings and don’t forget the cheese.
Mix it up!
One of the best things about tacos is that you can get truly creative with the fillings, as the options are limitless. You can combine a blend of flavors to satisfy any craving.
Try barbecued pork with yellow corn and beans sprinkled on top. Or perhaps a bit of stewed or breaded eggplant, topped with mozzarella and sliced black olives. If you don’t like eggplant, try dicing up some breaded chicken cutlets.
Another easy and unique way to prepare an unusual taco is to use leftovers from the night before or whatever is in your fridge. The sky’s the limit! The possibilities are many.