6 Weeknight Taco Recipes

If you’re like me, you grew up thinking that the only way to make tacos was with the help of Old El Paso. It turns out there are a variety of delicious ways to make this household staple. From fish to lentils, tacos take many different forms and are a versatile way to add some variety into your usual meal routine. Cooking tacos from scratch means that you can control the ingredients, which makes them not only a tasty option, but a healthy one too. But don’t worry, from-scratch tacos are not as complicated as they may seem.

Whether you’re cooking for one or a family of four, tacos are a quick, easy, and versatile meal that can pack a nutrition punch. Continue reading for my favourite taco recipes to add to your menu this week!

1. Halibut Fish Tacos with Cilantro Savoy Slaw

I love the balance of flavours and textures in this recipe from The Food Network. Fish fillets cook really quickly, making them a perfect weeknight protein option. Pan-frying the fish rather than deep frying also makes this a much healthier version compared to traditional restaurant fish tacos.

2. Lentil Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

This recipe from has the familiar flavour and texture of tacos, but with all the plants & fibre. Red Lentils are packed with heart healthy fibre, and you’ll love how quickly they cook!

3. Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

This recipe from Well Plated is as delicious as it looks. Using shrimp as a protein source makes this meal really quick to make, perfect for busy weeknights. I also used pre-shredded slaw for added convenience.

4. Roasted Cauliflower Lentil Tacos

I love this recipe from Roasting cauliflower and lentils adds a crispy texture to these vegetarian tacos and makes for a balanced, high fibre meal.

5. Black Bean Tacos with Mango Slaw

These tacos from Simplicious Food are loaded with veggies and fibre. The recipe is really simple to follow, and the mango salsa topping is delicious!

6. Thai Peanut Beef Tacos

These Thai Peanut Beef Tacos from Canadian Living are loaded with colourful slaw and mango. Swap beef for ground chicken or lentils if you’re looking for a beef alternative.

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