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Skinny Taco Toppings

Love Mexican food but afraid it will derail your clean diet? Go ahead and throw a guilt-free fiesta tonight with these healthy, homemade versions of your favorite taco ingredients.

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Love Mexican food but afraid it will derail your clean diet? Go ahead and throw a guilt-free fiesta tonight with Tosca Reno’s healthy, homemade versions of your favorite taco ingredients. They’re lower in sodium and fat than store-bought varieties, but are still packed with the South-of-the-border flavor you crave.

Ingredients

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp each onion and garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp crumbled, dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Taco Sauce

  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, passed through a garlic press
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Pico De Gallo

  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Juice of 2 limes

Guacamole

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Taco Seasoning

  1. Place all spices in a medium skillet. Slowly heat spices over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently. When spices become fragrant, remove from heat and place in a bowl. Use to season ground meats.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 15, Total Fats: 0.5 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 20 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 2 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 1 g, Iron: 1 g

Taco Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well blended. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve with tacos and toppings.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 50, Total Fats: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 320 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 9 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 5 g, Protein: 2 g, Iron: 4 g

Pico De Gallo

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve with tacos and toppings.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 35, Total Fats: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 490 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 9 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 5 g, Protein: 1 g, Iron: 0 g

Guacamole

  1. Scoop flesh of avocados into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Immediately add remaining ingredients and combine to prevent browning. Do not over mix. Serve with tacos and toppings.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 120, Total Fats: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 330 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 8 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 2 g, Iron: 4 g