Meatless taco fiesta!

When dinner rolls around and you’re caught with your pants down – tacos are one a fabulous option.

.I’m not sure what I love most about this meal – the taste, the lack of dishes, or the fact that the kids don’t need any prodding to eat.. Our secret ingredients are refried beans (we love Amy’s refried black beans) and guacamole.

Your taco’s nutrition score depends on your specific choices.. Here are some healthy tips:

  • Choose soft taco shells (we like La Tortilla) over hard shells – they have less added fat and more protein. Despite this, we often often use hard shells for practical reasons: they are easier for the kids to handle.
  • Load up on beans for extra protein and fiber. Choose simple low-sodium black beans over refried beans for less salt and less fat.
Green goodness!

Pantry Tip: Always keep a few avocados ‘in stock’ so you have a ripe one handy. Beyond taco night, they will serve you well in salads, on toast, or in smoothies and puddings.


Makes ~6 tacos

  • 6 taco shells (hard or soft)
  • 1 can beans (refried or black)
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce (romaine)
  • 2-3 tomatoes on the vine, chopped
  • Extra onion (green or red) if desired
  • 1 cup salsa

For guacamole:

  • 2 avocados, smashed
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  • Salt to taste


  • Dice toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onion.
  • Prepare guacamole: smash avocado with fork, add minced onion, garlic, lime juice. Add salt (and possibly more lime) to taste.
  • Assemble tacos as desired – usually (warmed) beans first, then veggies.
  • Tip: If you opt to add cheese, try microwaving shredded cheese mixed with beans for less mess and faster serving!


Note: This represents a worst-case scenario: hard shell with refried beans (see upgrade tips)

Credit: Thanks to Steve Davis (Opa Malibu) for photograph

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