Taco Filling Ideas

Taco filling ideas for the next time your family has tacos for dinner, whether that is for Taco Tuesday or any night. Plus some great taco recipes to try!

My family loves having tacos for dinner. It’s so easy and quick to prepare, and I know that everyone will enjoy it. We most often have the standard basic taco fillings of seasoned spicy beef mince, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes with grated cheese and salsa. While the tacos most people eat in Australia and some of the great taco recipes out there are a far cry from actual traditional Mexican food,  there’s no rules on what you can put in your taco. The only limit is your imagination and creativity. Having a range of different taco fillings that kids can add to their tacos themselves is a great way to get fussy kids to try new things, and even sneak in some vegetables they might not normally eat happily.

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The first question when we are talking tacos is the shell or wrapper. Are you a hard shell or soft tortilla wrap person. Or as the girl famously said in that television advert “why not have both”? You could even use large lettuce leaves as your taco wraps if you wanted a healthier option.

Main Protein Filling Ideas:

  • Traditional seasoned taco mince (beef/pork/chicken)
  • Pulled pork
  • Chicken strips
  • Grilled Tofu (great vegetarian option)
  •  Fish
  • Slow cooked beef
  • Prawns

Vegetable Fillings:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Avocado chunks
  • Capsicum pieces
  • Cucumber pieces
  • Corn niblets
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Finely chopped chilies
  •  Grated carrot
  • Fresh tomato salsa
  • Black beans
  • Jalepenos
  • Carmelised onions
  • Baby spinach
  • Coleslaw
  • Chopped spring onions
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Bean Mix
  • Olives
  • Chargrilled vegetable mix
  • Refried beans

Toppings and Sauces:

  • Grated cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Yoghurt dressing
  •  Chili sauce 
  • Lime juice dressing
  • Pico de gallo
  • Freshly chopped coriander
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Hot sauce

Taco Recipes to try:

Baked Chicken Tacos – A baked chicken taco recipe that is easy to make with the great combo of crunchy taco shells and cheesy chicken yumminess. It’s bound to be a hit with everyone.

  Find this Baked Spicy Chicken tacos recipe here.

Beef Carnitas Tacos – These slow cooked beef carnitas tacos are bursting with flavour and slow cooked beef is so tender and just melts in your mouth!

  Find this Slow Cooked Beef Carnitas tacos recipe here.

Salsa Chicken Tacos – Fill some soft tortillas with lettuce, and top with slow cooked Mexican Salsa Chicken and add some guacamole and sour cream for a yummy and easy dinner. Perfect for those busy days.

  Find my Mexican Salsa Chicken recipe here.

Vegan Crispy Avocado Tacos – these crispy avocado fries look amazing! Pop them into some corn tortillas with salad and a squeeze of lime juice and you have a dinner that’s not only dairy-free, but also vegan, gluten-free and oil-free too!

  Find this Crispy Baked Avocado Fries recipe here.

Tandoori Chicken Tacos – A soft chicken taco recipe with delicious twist, with tandoori and lemon yoghurt flavours. Everyone will be wanting more!

  Find this Tandoori Chicken tacos recipe here.

What are your favourite things to add to your tacos?

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