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Taco Tuesdays just got a healthy upgrade! But shhhh!!! Nobody will know the difference!

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t like Tacos. They are such a fun and easy food to make and eat, and even easier to prepare clean.

I buy my tortillas at Trader Joe’s. There are very few and very simple ingredients in them. Lime, water, and corn. So I know they are as clean as I’m gonna get with a pre-packaged food. (I’ll be making my own corn tortillas very soon, so stay tuned for that recipe).

Clean Eating Tacos

The great thing about Tacos is you can make them as healthy as you like. Heck, you can even make them vegetarian like I did. That basics of a taco always remain relatively the same. You just have to “upgrade” the toppings and spices to a clean version (The only thing I would avoid is the sour cream. The low-fat and non fat stuff are so loaded with chemicals that there’s no way they qualify as clean – Try non-fat Greek yogurt instead).

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THIS CLEAN EATING RECIPE:

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CLEAN EATING TACOS RECIPE:

Clean Eating Tacos

These Clean Eating Tacos are the perfect healthier alternative to regular tacos. Keep Taco Tuesdays healthy with this easy upgrade! Shhhh.... nobody will know!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 265kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 can tomato sauce (low sodium - no sugar added)
  • TOPPING OPTIONS:
  • lettuce (chopped)
  • tomatoes (chopped)
  • onions (chopped)
  • cheese (shredded)
  • guacamole (see recipe link above)

Instructions

  • Cook your meat in a non-stick pan using olive oil, or, if you really want to do away with the fat, use a bit of chicken broth. You can even use this method in a cast iron pan if you don't like or have a non-stick version.
  • Stir in the spices and tomato sauce.
  • Prepare the rest of the ingredients for toppings.
  • Stuff your shells and serve!

Notes

Nutritional Information here is based on a little over 1/4 of the recipe per person. It will give you approximately 2 tacos per serving if using a corn taco shell. Data here does not reflect the shell or the toppings. It is for the meat filling only.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the meat mixture | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 1181mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3685IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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28 Comments

  1. YUM! This sounds so good… thanks for the TVP veg option. I also like making tacos with a spicy black bean mix with sauteed mushrooms and onions…. tasty, clean, and cheap!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – Yum! I can’t say I’ve ever put mushrooms on a taco, but I’m willing to give it a try!

  2. angie martin says:

    Dear Tiffany,
    I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for your website. I just started my family out eating clean, and was looking for information, advice and good recipes to try. I stumbled onto your site. Wow, I feel so much more motivation to keep going, you have inspired me. I am looking forward to dumping all of our old unhealthy habits and myself to lose some weight on top of it. Thank You!!!

    Angie Martin

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angie – That’s great!! Getting healthy is definitely an uphill struggle, but man what a view when you get to the top!! Thanks for trying my recipes!

  3. I’m new to eating clean and I have already used 2 of your recipes!! They were delish and my child even ate it!! Thank you so much for your recipes and tips. Since starting to eat clean I have lost 8 lbs and my energy has skyrocketed!! I can’t wait to try your chips and guacamole and these tacos!! YUM!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becky – That’s fabulous! Clean eating is wonderful. It does amazing things for you. Keep up the good work!!

  4. Kerry Frazier says:

    I’m down here in the south (texas) and I notice you buy alot from trader joe’s, which I don’t think I have available. So when looking for tortillas and hot sauce and such..what do I need to look for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kerry – hot sauce should have no added sugar (look at ingredients, not percentages) and every ingredient should be something you would buy, by itself, as an ingredient to cook with in your own kitchen. You should recognize each ingredient as an actual food. Same for tortilla. The ingredients should be something like, “corn, water, lime”.

      Hope that helps!

  5. I am SO glad I just stumbled upon this site! I have been doing a lot of reading and planning to revamp my pantry, and feed my family clean eating foods! I was having a hard time finding recipes that looked like normal foods we would enjoy, but that were still clean. I will definitely keep this site bookmarked! I cant wait to get started!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – Welcome!! Happy to have you here! If you have any questions, please let me know!

  6. Trudefaith says:

    I tried this and we all loved it (I used tvp) thanks Tiffany

    1. Anonymous says:

      Trude – Fantastic!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Marie – Sorry! I updated the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!

  8. WOW! We made this tonight and my husband couldn’t believe how great it was. He even went back for seconds and exclaimed “This one’s a keeper!” I added some salt, extra chili powder, and a squeeze of lemon. So flavorful and so delish!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Rose – that’s fabulous!!! I’m glad you both enjoyed them!

  9. sounds nummy with out sugar in it! YEA!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sue – Hope you enjoy them!

  10. So how about that corn tortilla recipe? 😉

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m working on it. But sadly, it’s become impossible to find organic corn flour. I don’t want the GMO stuff.

  11. Couldn’t you use the Quinoa tortillas in these recipes?

  12. I just made this recipe for dinner tonight after searching around for something to do with my ground turkey and it was DELICIOUS! I served the taco filling over a baked sweet potato and it was out of this world! Thanks for the great recipe, I will definitely be making it again!!

  13. What size can of tomato sauce? I tried 15 oz and it seems like a lot of sauce. Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Eve – My can’s were also 15 ounce.

  14. These tacos were amazing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Megan – Fantastic! 😀

  15. I had started making these when I realized I was out of chili powder, so I just substituted cumin instead and they turned out great, also I should mention I only used about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce because my boyfriend doesn’t care for it to be saucy…. love the guacamole on these, thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jackie – My pleasure! Glad you both enjoyed them! 🙂

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