Tacos aren't just fun to eat – they're fun to put together, too! And just what goes into a taco? Well, that's part of their appeal. Tacos can be filled with all sorts of different meats, cheeses, vegetables, homemade salsas and more, depending on what your family enjoys. Channel Taco Bell with a recipe for double shell tacos. Or what about digging out the Crock-Pot for a green chile-infused chicken taco or beef barbacoa (this recipe rivals Chipotle!)? Wrap a flour tortilla around a hot dog to reinvent a standby weeknight meal. Or keep your meal low in calories and fat with a recipe for spicy ground turkey tacos that has even the Mayo Clinic's seal of approval.
For fast food flavor at home, try this double shell taco recipe from Taste of Home. Fold a pita over a hard shell taco using refried beans to stick the two together. Fill the shell with ground beef flavored with taco seasonings and then whatever toppings your family favors. This is one hearty taco!
Break out the Crock-Pot for this slow cooker chile-chicken tacos recipe from Betty Crocker. Start with chicken thighs sprinkled with brown sugar and taco seasoning in the Crock-Pot, then add jarred enchilada sauce, corn and green chiles. Put this recipe together in the morning and by dinnertime, you're done!
Who says hot dogs have to be in a bun? Your kids will love this spin on the classic dog. Try these taco dogs from the Food Network and use flour tortillas to wrap grilled hot dogs. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, lettuce and sour cream. Muy bueno!
Here's another taco recipe made simpler with a Crock-Pot. Try this slow cooker beef barbacoa recipe from Shrinking Kitchen. Inexpensive cuts of beef become tender and flavorful after spending hours bathed in garlic, cumin, chipotle, chicken broth and a dash of vinegar. Enjoy authentic Mexican flavor right at home.
Chop up and then sauté pork tenderloin for this recipe for chipotle pork soft tacos with pineapple salsa from Cooking Light. What really makes this recipe standout is the pineapple salsa that goes on top. Mix up minced pineapple, apple (yes, apple!), shallots, cilantro, cumin and fresh lime juice. The salsa is tasty with or without tacos!
Keep your next family meal low fat with this recipe for spicy ground turkey tacos from the Mayo Clinic. The ground turkey is spiced with cumin, chili powder and oregano. Instead of regular corn tortillas, use whole-wheat ones to up the nutritional value of this tasty taco recipe.