Taco night at my house was a serious situation. I loved having lots of options for building my taco and would end up loading it up with pretty much everything. But just because we no longer eat corn or flour taco shells doesn’t mean we still can’t have taco bar night! You could go to Chipotle and buy a pre-made taco bar kit but why do that when you can easily make your own. It is super customizable, you can throw it together with just a few items or a bunch of options. Use chicken, steak, ground beef or shrimp. Season your protein with chipotle peppers or homemade taco seasoning. I would not suggest using pre-made taco seasoning packets because they can contain hidden carbs. For shells you can use cabbage leaves or cheese wraps. Toppings can include: cauliflower rice, shredded cheese, sour cream, guac or sliced avocado, low carb/sugar salsa, pickled jalapenos, shredded lettuce, grilled veggies. Maybe you want to make a taco salad bowl with kale or spinach. Get creative and have fun.
For my taco bar, I had guac, sliced radishes, baby kale, cauliflower rice, shredded chipotle cheddar cheese, sour cream and a couple of hot sauce options. My proteins were chorizo and cubed pork steak.
For the chorizo, I simply chopped it up and cooked it in a skillet for about 8 minutes.
For the pork, I chopped it up along with 1/4 of an onion, a garlic clove, a jalapeno and a serrano pepper. First, I sautéed the onion and peppers in avocado oil until the onions stared to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Then I added in the garlic and sautéed for another minutes.
Then I added in the pork and sautéed it for 5 more minutes and then threw in half a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilis, stirred everything together and continued cooking.
Next, came some seasonings: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp cayenne, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1 tbsp. paprika and 1 tsp salt and pepper. I sautéed this mixture for 5 more minutes, allowing the spices to cook.
Yum! If you want to cut down on the carbs, don’t use the Rotel, just season up the meat as you like.
And then I constructed the taco bar:
I ended up making a taco salad bowl and it fulfilled all of my taco bar hopes and dreams. It’s perfect for a Saturday lunch or Sunday dinner.
Because this is so customizable, I’m not including a formal recipe with instructions or macros. But if you want to know macros, use a nutrition calculator like MyFitnessPal.com with your chosen ingredients. Enjoy!