Are you someone who looks forward to “Taco Tuesday” every week? Or perhaps who goes out of your way to pick up your favorite tacos from across town?
Yes, tacos are a low-key, crowd pleasing meal … so let’s taco bout it!
You may be a pro at making nutritious, simple taco recipes for dinner time, but tacos are also a great breakfast option, too!
And if you’re not in the mood to have tacos for breakfast, no worries! We have a ton of great breakfast recipes on our website and have pulled out a few alternatives below:
Asparagus & Goat Cheese Frittata
(Vegan) Sweet or Savory Pancakes
But for those who are in the mood for tacos, read on to learn how to make tacos for breakfast.
Nutritional value of tacos
Tacos can be a healthy meal option, but it all comes down to the ingredients being used. Here’s a breakdown of the best foundational ingredients to use in your tacos for breakfast:
Shell: The healthiest option is a corn tortilla versus fried or flour tortillas. That’s because frying the shell adds an unnecessary amount of fat and calories, and overall, corn tortillas are more filling. Plus, they contain fewer calories!
Protein: For dinnertime, the healthiest taco meat options are lean chicken tacos or seafood. These protein options have less fat than red meats, but they're still packed with protein.
Healthiest taco toppings
What’s a taco without its toppings?! Whether simple or a little more out-of-the-box, including toppings on your taco can add an element of fun!
Here are a few favorite taco toppings perfect for breakfast or any time of day.
Eggs: yes, we mentioned a few typical taco protein ideas above … but let’s get more in depth about using eggs as an ingredient in your breakfast tacos, shall we? One egg has 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein and only 5 grams of fat, making it a filling powerhouse food that fights disease, too. You can enjoy eggs in your breakfast tacos however you like! They’re great to add in scrambled, poached, hard boiled, or fried … the sky's the limit! Fried eggs ARE a bit messy, but absolutely delicious, trust us. ;)
Corn: This veggie is rich in vitamin C, which protects your cells from damage and defends against cancer and heart disease. Yellow corn is an amazing source of the carotenoids, which are good for eye health and help prevent cataracts. While you may not think of corn as a breakfast taco topping, we say why not?! Who says corn just has to be for lunch or dinner?
Cilantro: This herb is fragrant and leafy … the perfect garnish to a variety of meals! Cilantro is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s an incredible source of fiber, vitamins A and C, not to mention calcium, iron, and potassium. Chop this herb up finely, and sprinkle juuuust a bit on top of your breakfast tacos. A little bit goes a long way!
Red cabbage: We know what you’re thinking–cabbage for breakfast?! You bet! Raw red cabbage has a peppery taste but when cooked, takes on a sweet quality. Red cabbage has been found to support overall heart health and fight inflammation. It’s also rich in fiber and supports gut wellness. So how do you include this yummy veggie in your breakfast tacos? Easy! Just chop the desired amount of red cabbage and let it sit in a bowl of apple cider vinegar and sugar for 20 minutes. Then, add this pickled mixture on top of your breakfast tacos for a briney crunch!
Radish: This spicy root vegetable is rich in calcium and potassium, which help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Radishes are also an excellent source of natural nitrates, which improve blood flow. Finely slice radishes and place on top of your breakfast tacos to give them a bit of heat!
Avocado: The avocado is really having a moment on the breakfast scene! This top-of-toast favorite is so versatile and good for you … and it’s perfect on top of breakfast tacos, too. Avocados are a great topping for those looking to eat well because they contain high levels of heart-healthy fats, which can help you feel fuller between meals. No more needless snacking required!
Bacon: Okay, okay, we know bacon isn’t exactly the most nutritious breakfast taco topping, but hear us out! Bacon is often high in cholesterol and fat content. However, since the serving size is so small, using a little bit of bacon in your recipes is not a huge cause of concern. So at the end of the day, if you want to include a strip or two of bacon on top of your breakfast taco … go for it! We just advise that you keep the serving size small, as bacon is a bit of an indulgent treat.
Turmeric cauliflower fritters: There are a TON of health benefits of cauliflower and turmeric … so when you put them together, it’s pure magic! While we typically recommend this turmeric cauliflower fritter recipe to be paired alongside a Proper Good soup or chili … why not chop them up to try on top of your breakfast taco?! After all, turmeric is a golden spice rich in nutritious antioxidants, and cauliflower is also rich in antioxidants, as well as high in fiber and vitamin B! A truly tasty superfood combo.
Proper Good Spicy Seasoning: What’s plant-based, vegan, keto, gluten-free, AND dairy-free? Proper Good Spicy Seasoning of course! Our seasoning uses red pepper, white pepper, and paprika to make up a wholesome, yet spicy, flavor. Perfect for adding variety to even the simplest of meals, Proper Good Spicy Seasoning has no salt or sugar … just heat! ;)
Well you heard it here, folks! Tacos for breakfast is a solid meal to make in the morning, but can also be enjoyed in the afternoon or evening, too.
Just follow the instructions above, and don’t forget your Proper Good Spicy Seasoning, of course!