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Quick & Easy Taco Fillings

Tacos are a good cheap eat that offer a tremendous amount of variety. Here are 8 favorite taco fillings that won’t break the bank.

Pictured: Pork Carnitas Tacos

Tacos. Tacos. Tacos. What was once an exotic food is now daily fare in most parts of the country.

And for good reason!

Tacos are filling, fun, and full of great flavors. Plus, it’s not too expensive to rustle up some tortillas and easy taco fillings, making them a good cheap eat, for sure.

For our part, my family could eat tacos several times a week without complaint! They’re just so good, particularly when you find your favorite combinations.

How to Make Great Tacos Taco Fillings

So, let’s consider how to build a better taco. You’re going to have three basic components:

  1. shells/wrappers 
  2. filling – we’ll get to this in a minute
  3. toppings

Let’s take a look at the different options:

Taco Shells

Taco shells can range from crunchy fried shells, soft tortillas (flour, corn, whole wheat), and even lettuce wraps. There are small and large tortillas. You can buy tortillas at the store or make your own corn tortillas or your own flour tortillas.

You can even fry your own taco shells – which I might add, are amazing and addicting and probably the best thing to happen to taco night EVER. But I digress…. 

Certain tools come in handy when making homemade tacos, like a tortilla press for making homemade corn tortillas and taco holders or taco baskets for serving tacos.

Once you’ve got your shell and you fill it with a meat (or meat and veg or veg) filling, you’re going to want some toppings.

taco shells, fillings, and toppings

Taco Toppings

Taco toppings can be pretty simple or fairly elaborate depending on your filling and how deluxe you want to get. Any combination of these taco toppings is delicious:

  • shredded lettuce, shredded cabbage, baby spinach, or coleslaw
  • shredded cheese, such as Jack, cheddar, or a mix
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped onions or scallions
  • chopped cilantro
  • salsa or hot sauce
  • sour cream or cream sauce
  • guacamole or diced avocado
  • sliced olives
  • lime wedges

Where shells and toppings are concerned, you can pretty much pick up a few commercially made items at the grocery store, but the filling is what really matters. Only homemade is gonna cut it. 

Check out these simple, economical, and delicious taco fillings:

carne asada lettuce wraps pulled pork taco plate rice bowl with black beans and barbacoa beef

Many years ago, I discovered the beauty of Queso Fundido: spicy sausage covered in a layer of spicy pepper jack cheese. You can serve it as an appetizer, but we love it as a main dish with homemade corn tortillas. So good! This is for sure a top favorite taco filling at our house.

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Once you vary the wrapper (crunchy, soft, flour, corn, whole wheat, lettuce leaf), the filling, and the toppings, there’s really no end to the taco combinations you can create.

What’s your favorite taco filling?

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