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8 Healthy Taco Recipes That Make Weeknight Meals a Breeze

February 22, 2023
Epic Fish Tacos
Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Tacos really do make for easy weeknight meals. Cook up your meat of choice, grab some tortillas and toppings, and dinner is ready to serve. And yet, while the typical combo of ground meat and taco seasoning does work for moments like this, sometimes you just want to spice things up—figuratively and literally. That’s why these healthy taco recipes are great to have on hand. They take Taco Tuesday another step further with tasty combos that are still incredibly easy to throw together on a busy weeknight at home.

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1. Shrimp Tacos

shrimp tacos

Courtesy of Well Plated

If you find yourself with a bag of frozen shrimp that needs to be used up, these shrimp tacos are the answer. Defrost your shrimp (or just buy fresh!), toss them in this tasty rub, and cook them in a skillet for the easiest (and quickest!) taco night you’ve ever experienced.

Try the recipe from Well Plated.

2. Marinated Flank Steak Tacos

Marinated Flank Steak Tacos

Courtesy of Beautiful Eats and Things

Who doesn’t love a tasty steak taco? Elevate your usual ground beef taco night and treat yourself to a high-quality flank steak. After just 30 minutes of sitting in a tasty marinade, this steak just needs a few minutes on the skillet before being sliced and served with all kinds of tasty toppings you desire like jalapeños, feta cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and more!

Try the recipe from Beautiful Eats and Things.

3. Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Are you more of a crispy taco person? This vegetarian black bean taco recipe has you frying up your tacos in a pan to give them that crispy texture you love, without having to buy the box of crispy shells in a box. Plus, these tacos are easy to freeze and heat up for later, making them a lifesaver on busy weeknights when you have no idea what to eat for dinner. Prep a large batch and save these healthy tacos for later!

Try the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

4. Harissa Portobello Mushroom Tacos

Harissa Portobello Mushroom Tacos

Courtesy of Healthy Nibbles

Looking to keep things low-carb? These tacos keep things light by filling lettuce wraps with savory portobello mushrooms, homemade guacamole, and other toppings of your choice. Plus, these healthy tacos are made vegan with toppings like cashew cream and other fresh veggies.

Try the recipe from Healthy Nibbles.

5. Cauliflower Tacos with Yum Yum Sauce

Cauliflower Tacos with Yum Yum Sauce

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Who doesn’t love a crispy taco moment? Don’t worry, this recipe keeps things light as you bake the cauliflower to crispy perfection. Paired with refried black beans, red cabbage, and a homemade yum-yum sauce that is so good, these healthy tacos may even have you saying “yum yum” out loud against your will.

Try the recipe from A Couple Cooks.

6. Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Put your Instant Pot to work with this incredibly easy chicken taco recipe. The chicken is pressure cooked with pineapple, jalapeño, and a whole lot of spices to give it a sweet and spicy zing that pairs deliciously with the homemade jalapeño ranch. Don’t have an Instant Pot? This recipe can also work well with your slow cooker!

Try the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

7. Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos

Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Breakfast tacos aren’t all scrambled eggs and sausage. These healthy vegan tacos are made with crumbled tofu and black beans, topped with fresh slices of avocado and pomegranate arils to give it an extra creamy and zingy taste. They may be meant for breakfast, but hey, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

8. Epic Fish Tacos

Epic Fish Tacos

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

While those crispy beer-battered fish tacos are certainly a delicious treat when you order out, you don’t have to deep fry your fish every time you crave a fish taco for dinner. This recipe gives the fish taco a healthy spin by baking the fish in a tasty rub, then topped with the usual fresh cabbage mix and a tasty homemade creamy sauce.

Try the recipe from A Couple Cooks.

Read next: 8 Healthy & Easy Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes

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