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5 Healthy Taco Recipes That Taste Better Than The Real Thing

Taco Tuesday just got healthier.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

There’s no denying the fact that tacos are incredibly delicious. From the seasoning to the endless topping options, they are legit drool-worthy. But, not all tacos are healthy. In fact, some are loaded with unhealthy fats and sweetened seasoning. The good news? Healthy tacos do exist, and we’re showing you how to craft the healthiest and tastiest tacos you’ll be reaching for on Taco Tuesday (or any day of the week). 

Plus we’re sharing five of our favorite flavor-loaded taco recipes to get you started because as it turns out, you can enjoy tacos and still eat healthy (taco lovers rejoice!). 

Here’s How to Make Healthy Tacos 

First, we’re breaking down how to create healthy tacos that still taste amazing that you’ll actually look forward to enjoying. 

We keep five basic things in mind when making tacos, and the five recipes below are all: 

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Free of unhealthy fats 
  • Packed full of added veggies 

Pro Tip (Healthy Swaps) 

Already have a favorite taco recipe? You can always make healthy swaps to add an even healthier spin. 

Here are some of our go-to ways to swap out unhealthy taco ingredients for something equally as delicious but much more nourishing. 

  • Mashed avocado vs. sour cream
  • Organic, sugar-free taco seasoning vs. varieties with added sugar
  • Extra veggies (like bell pepper and onion) vs. cheese 
  • Lettuce leaves or grain-free taco shells (we love these) vs. regular taco shells 
  • Zucchini chips vs. tortilla chips 

Love Tacos? You Need These Five Healthy Taco Recipes in Your Life

#1 Healthy Taco Bowl 

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 
  • ½ cup canned kidney beans drained and rinsed 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cooked corn 
  • ½ avocado, cubed 
  • 1 packet organic taco seasoning 
  • 2 taco bowls 
  • Shredded lettuce for serving
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking 

Start by adding all the ingredients minus the avocado and shredded lettuce to a large skillet over medium heat with coconut or avocado oil. 

Cook until warmed through. 

Serve in the taco bowls and top with the avocado and shredded lettuce. 

Enjoy! 

#2 Avocado & Lime Salmon Tacos

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 wild-caught salmon filets, cooked and cubed 
  • ¼ cup purple cabbage, shredded 
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 packet organic taco seasoning 
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sliced avocado for serving
  • Gluten or grain-free tortillas 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking 

Start by adding the cooked salmon, cabbage, carrots, lime juice, taco seasoning, and water to a large skillet over medium heat with the coconut or avocado oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through. 

Add to the center of the tortillas and top with cilantro and sliced avocado. 

Tip: You can also enjoy these healthy tacos with guac instead of sliced avocado if preferred. 

#3 Healthy Vegan Tacos 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup hummus
  • Gluten or grain-free tortillas 
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans drained and rinsed 
  • ½ cup cooked and cubed sweet potatoes 
  • ½ red onion, sliced 
  • ½ cucumber, sliced 
  • 1 tomato, sliced 
  • 1 avocado, sliced 
  • Fresh cilantro for serving
  • Fresh lime juice for serving

Start by adding the hummus to the center of each tortilla. 

Next, add the beans, cooked sweet potato cubes, onion, cucumber, tomato, and avocado. 

Top with cilantro and a drizzle with freshly squeezed lime juice. 

Fold into a taco and enjoy these deliciously healthy tacos! 

#4 Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 12 cooked shrimp 
  • ½ red onion, sliced 
  • 1 packet organic taco seasoning 
  • Gluten or grain-free tortillas 
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced 
  • Juice from 1 lime 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking 

Start by adding the cooked shrimp, onion, and taco seasoning to a skillet over medium heat with the coconut or avocado oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through. 

Add to the center of the tortillas and top with cilantro, avocado, and a drizzle of lime juice. 

Enjoy! 

#5 Zesty Chicken Tacos 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast (you can also use rotisserie!) 
  • 1 packet spicy organic taco seasoning (you can also use mild if preferred) 
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • ½ red onion, sliced 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper seeded and sliced 
  • Gluten or grain-free taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce for serving
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Start by adding the chicken, taco seasoning, water, cabbage, onion, and bell pepper to a large skillet over medium heat with the coconut or avocado oil. Cook for about 3 minutes or until warmed through. 

Add to the taco shells and top with the shredded lettuce. 

Enjoy! 

Want more healthy taco inspo? Check out FitOn PRO to find delicious and nourishing Nutritionist-developed recipes, like Healthy Mexican Tacos and Healthy Fish Tacos. 

Enjoying Healthy Tacos Has Never Been Easier 

Healthy eating doesn’t mean we have to give up all of our favorite foods, and these five recipes prove that taco night can be healthy and still taste delicious. 

So go ahead and enjoy Taco Tuesday like a healthy eating boss — these healthy tacos taste so good that they may even make a regular addition to your healthy eating diet.