While taco night might be a very welcome part of your household’s culinary tradition, there’s no denying that having the same meal enough times can start to get pretty tiring. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the tacos that are the problem. Rather, it might be the perfect opportunity to see just what you can do with them, and here are some ways to spice up taco night (sometimes literally.)
Make a slaw for it
Your toppings are, naturally, going to make all the difference, whether you’re using onions, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, or otherwise. One topping that goes a little underrated, however, is a good coleslaw. You can keep it flavorful and thematically appropriate by using a creamy salsa dressing within your coleslaw to make sure that you’re not getting away from the traditional taco flavors. It can make it a lot more filling and can make each mouthful more engaging than basic lettuce alone.
Explore the meat market
You don’t need to go trying all kinds of exotic meats to make your tacos taste different. A trip down to the deli is more than enough. Seasoned sausages, as with this taco recipe using chorizo makes for the perfect example. It can be a much more aromatic choice than standard ground beef and adds a little bit of heat that you can contrast with a block of delicious creamy cheese.
Match your seasonings to your meat
Trying out different meats is a great idea, but you want to make sure that the entire recipe is changing to make the best use of that meat, as well. If you’re switching to chicken tacos, for instance, then try some chicken taco seasoning recipes, such as some simple onion and garlic to go with your red pepper, or even a gluten-free seasoning to keep it nice and light.
Put them on the fryer
If you have never tried it before, then you should definitely make fried tacos at least once. You can fry flour tortillas easily enough for a nice crunch, but you can also make your own fry bread if you don’t mind doing a little baking. A piece of nice fry bread can make for a deliciously easy treat if you’re getting a little sick of tacos that get soggy midway through eating them.
Opt for a non-meat option every now and then
Whether you’re looking to cut down on your meat consumption, looking to save money, or want to invite a vegetarian or vegan friend to a taco night, there are plenty of recipes that don’t make use of any meat at all. For instance, this lentil and mushroom recipe still has plenty of flavor and bite to it, and takes a lot less time to prepare, as well.
With the tips above, taco night should regain all of its flavorful charms. What’s more, you can look at ways to switch it up every time taco night comes around so you can constantly find new favorites to add to the rotation.