Nutrition

10 Healthy Taco Recipes All Under $2 per Serving

Did someone say Taco Tuesday?


Tacos are one of the most versatile foods—all you need is a tortilla and the possibilities of what you can put into it are endless. Plus, tacos are relatively inexpensive. At a basic level, beans and cheese can be a satisfying dinner, or you can take it up a notch with some grilled vegetables or meat.

For Taco Tuesday this week, we found 10 taco recipes that won’t break the bank. From classic carnitas to roasted cauliflower, these tacos are filled with nourishing ingredients that cost less than $2 per serving.

1. Pork Carnitas Tacos
Via Recipe Tin Eats 

To get the juiciest pork possible, this recipe uses a slow cooker and simple marinade. The pork gets crispy when cooking, so you don’t need a ton of crunchy toppings. A simple spoonful of guacamole or salsa will do the trick.

2. Easy Fish Tacos with Lime Crema
Via Ahead of Thyme 

Use a white fish of your choice for these tacos like cod, snapper, or tilapia. For the best tortilla texture, grill them on the stove burner (if you have gas) or heat them in a pan until slightly brown.

3. Easy Tempeh Tacos
Via Another Musician in A Different Kitchen 

These plant-based tacos use tempeh as a base, which has a crumbly texture similar to ground turkey or beef. Before serving the tempeh, make sure to drain all of the liquid out so that the tacos don’t become watery.

4. Black Bean and Corn Tacos
Via Chelsea’s Messy Apron 

While made with simple ingredients, these tacos are far from simple. The corn is mixed with jalapeño and radish and the beans get some spice from chili powder and cumin. An easy cilantro pesto covers the filling.

5. Grilled Chicken Street Tacos
Via Tastes Better from Scratch 

These tacos are ideal for summer, made with grilled chicken thighs and charred tortillas. Marinade the chicken overnight to make it extra juicy.

6. Grilled Vegetable Portobello Mushroom Tacos
Via Emilie Eats 

Kimchi adds a unique flavor to these portobello and pepper tacos. Top the tacos with jalapeño, cabbage, and avocado if desired.

7. Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Tacos
Via Two Peas and Their Pod 

Roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, purple cabbage, and cilantro make these a colorful dinner option. A lime crema is drizzled on top, made with Greek yogurt, fresh lime, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper.

8. Spicy Chicken Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Slaw
Via Ambs Loves Food 

This cabbage slaw—which is heavy on garlic and green onion—gives these tacos their tangy flavor. The recipe calls for cubed chicken, but you can also shred the chicken for a different texture.

9. Carne Asada Street Tacos Recipe
Via My Crazy Good Life 

Carne asada, onions, cilantro, and lime make up these basic tacos. If you want to jazz them up a bit, add some sliced avocado, salsa, or other toppings of choice. Make sure to warm up the tortilla beforehand to prevent it from breaking.

10. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
Via Evolving Table 

Dice the sweet potatoes into small pieces and you’ll only have to cook them for 5-7 minutes for this taco filling. Try topping these tacos with a fried egg and eating them for breakfast.