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10 Twists on Tacos to Keep Taco Tuesday Interesting

11 Ago 2015 – 12:36 PM EDT

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My family loves tacos. In fact, we like them so much we have them for Christmas dinner! I’ve been known to go beyond the classic ground beef, cheese, lettuce and crunchy corn shell when it comes to tacos because I’ve found my daughter will eat just about anything if it’s in a tortilla. Here’s some twists for your next Taco Tuesday.

  1. Get your family to try a new food. My daughter learned she loves shrimp by tasting it on a taco. Play around with different beans, meats, veggies and even fruits.
  2. Bake it into a casserole. Layer corn or flour tortillas, cooked ground meat, refried beans, cheese and salsa and then bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly. Top with lettuce and sour cream.
  3. Nachos for dinner? Yes, please! Nachos for dinner is a great way to use up leftover taco fixings. Your kids will think your so cool.
  4. Set up a taco salad bar. Want your kids to develop a love – or even tolerance – for salad? Skip the shells and set up a taco salad bar.
  5. Or a baked potato bar. You can also skip the shells and do a DIY taco baked potato!
  6. Use sloppy Joe filling. Combine two favorites! Put sloppy Joe filling inside taco shells.
  7. Sneak in more veggies. Use your blender to finely chop spinach, carrots, zucchini, onions and other veggies. Add it to the meat while cooking. Your kids will get extra veggies in their bodies and the meat will stretch longer, saving you money.
  8. Use up leftovers. Got leftover fish? Stick it in a taco. Hey, iCarly taught us even spaghetti works in a taco!
  9. Make a soup. Combine crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, cooked ground beef, salsa and beans in a pot for an easy taco soup. Simmer until hot. Top with cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla. Great for sending in a thermos for school lunch.
  10. Whip up Mexican pizzas. Top flour or corn tortillas with salsa, meat, beans and cheese. Bake in the toaster oven until cheese melts.

Tacos are easy, fun and affordable. Keep it interesting with these twists and you’ll be able to keep tacos in the meal rotation for a long time. Do you have a favorite taco twist? Share it in the comments!