Deciding what to make for dinner is no longer a chore with these simple tips for family taco night. Start with tasty tortillas, hearty fillings and plenty of fresh toppings and you’ll have smiles all around.
It’s easy to re-create the standard elements of Mexican-inspired cuisine in your own kitchen. Simply stock up on all the Mexican-night essentials and bring this vibrant, bold flavor into your everyday meal repertoire. The best part—you’ll be applauded for bringing these delicious dishes to the table.
Here are a few ways to amplify your family’s taco night:
Create a flavorful fiesta
Traditional favorites like tacos, burritos, fajitas and salsas are born from crunchy, good-for-you vegetables. For salsa and toppings, make sure you have plenty of juicy tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Lettuce also adds great crunch and color for taco and burrito fillings. Play off the textures with soft flour tortilla options, such as Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff soft flour tortillas, which easily hold in all those delicious ingredients in a convenient, boat-shaped bowl without the mess.
Swap out for healthier ingredients
It’s fun to create your own spin on your favorite Mexican dishes with healthy substitutions. Add ground turkey instead of beef into your enchiladas. Throw crab or grilled shrimp on top of nachos. Try beans instead of meat as a flavorful and fiber-packed protein replacement. As long as the ingredients are lean and fresh, you can’t go wrong.
Spice it up
For truly fresh, authentic meals, make sure your pantry is stocked with the proper seasonings to provide the spicy, smoky or tangy flavors you expect from this popular cuisine. For more sizzling flavor, try this recipe for Roasted Tomato Stand ‘N Stuff Tacos.
Everyone will love the bold flavor of meals cooked with some spicy inspiration. So, make Mexican night a tradition at your home with these flavorful, easy-to-create meal ideas.
Roasted Tomato Stand ’N Stuff Tacos
Prep time: 20 minutes, Start to finish: 20 minutes, Makes: 4 servings (1 taco each)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
- 1 pouch (8 ounces) Old El Paso Mexican Cooking Sauce Roasted Tomato
- 4 Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas (from 6.7-ounce package)
- 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Diced tomatoes (optional)
In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil about 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
Add cooking sauce. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered about 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
Meanwhile, heat tortillas as directed on package. Spoon chicken mixture into tortillas. Add toppings. Enjoy.