Tacos: The food of life…so many options…so little time, but we are giving it a solid ‘try’ at our dinner table! However, in my family JUST TACOS for dinner won’t cut it. I struggled, in the beginning to find sides that fit with taco night. Aside from the time-tested chips and salsa Chi-Chi’s made a cultural revolution in the 80’s.
My dilemma with taco sides was EVERYTHING was already IN the TACO: Meat, Veggies, Cheese/sour cream (aka dairy), even self-proclaimed super foods like avocados!
***What would a side do but add extra weight?
Well, I have learned a Taco Tuesday side dish comes with many happy faces…including mine.
We usually have a taco night a couple times a month (not always on Tuesday) Here are some of my favorites in the Taco Any Day rotation.
This is like a bowl of summer all year round. I usually have this when Avocados and Mangos are around $1 or less each. The Aldi near me runs these specials a few times a year! I stock up on Avocados during these times…they keep in my fridge for a few weeks and I use them all month long.
SO SIMPLE. SO GOOD. SO EASY! Also, this could double as a side dish for pasta or pizza night if you use mozzarella/parmesan cheese instead…maybe with a sprinkle of fresh basil or some dried Italian herb mix. Now I want pizza!
These are 100% copycat Chipotle beans! You can also make this side-dish for around $1. if you don’t like the heat from Chipotle use smoked paprika instead…Same kind of taste and no heat. I like to use my immersion blender at the end to give the beans a creamier texture (half blended half whole).
This street corn is so addicting it may not be street legal;-)
Tastes like the real thing! No, joke. My husband loves rice and to put an imposter in the form of cauliflower in front of him is asking a lot of his culinary expectations, but he enjoyed this just as much as the original…AND with a little less guilt!
Cilantro is kind of like a food group in my house. It finds its way into so many of my meals. This rice hi-lights all the things my family loves about cilantro. So easy and cost effective too!
Avocados are right up there with cilantro in my family. I also find a way to put avocados in every recipe I can. We even eat avocados plain around here…It’s a decadent treat to me! This salad is a great side on Taco night and it can double as a lunch the next day if you add the leftover taco meat/protein.
Fritos! Enough said! Just make it! You know you want to. Oh, and add some avocados & cilantro!
Look! Avocados in the form of three food groups!! My dream come true. Quite honestly I could skip the taco and just have this for dinner!
Eat up Amigos,