Tacos are a regular menu item in my house. Doesn’t matter what the day, the kids are constantly requesting something resembling tacos. Being the creative type who doesn’t much care to cook the same thing every night, I’ve had to come up with some alternatives to “just tacos”.
1. Walking Tacos
This has quickly become a favorite around here. Replace taco shells with Doritos, and you’ve got yourself a walking taco.
2. Baked Tacos Cups
Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray, then arrange flour taco shells in the pan. Spray shells with butter-flavor cooking spray (this makes them crunchy). Fill with taco meat and cheese, and bake at 375* for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and taco shells are crispy. We top our’s with sour cream and home-grown tomatoes, although other taco toppings can be used as well.
These are the same as the baked taco cups, but minus the muffin pan. Fill a flour taco shell with cooked taco meat and shredded cheese, place on a pan and bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remember to spray with a butter-flavored cooking spray so the taco shells are crispy. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, or other favorite taco toppings.
Other ideas include taco salads, taco soup, or casseroles. These we don’t use as often, since we aren’t big lettuce eatters. Plus, we like to keep our meals simple. When in a rush, regular tacos or walking tacos are the easiest, but once in awhile a change is needed and we fire up the oven.