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7 Ways to Make Every Night Taco Night

What’s not to love about tacos? They’re fast, easy, and delicious. Here are seven new twists on the dish that your whole family will love.

Planning and making a healthy dinner for your family every night can get overwhelming. Simplify things by sticking to a crowd pleaser: tacos! They’re the perfect quick-to-prepare finger food for fussy kids, and parents can enjoy the authentic Mexican flavors. (Now that’s a win-win!) Here are seven ways to take classic tacos to the next level, so you can serve them up as often as you please.

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1. Breakfast-for-Dinner Tacos

Who says eggs are only for breakfast? Treat the family to Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells or Ortega Grande Hard & Soft Taco Shells stuffed with shredded beef and scrambled eggs. From there, make your taco your own: Add shredded cheese, chunks of cooked potato, or veggies like sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Top the masterpiece with your favorite sauce. Adults can amp up the flavor with Ortega Medium Taco Sauce, while the kids can add a bit of zip with Ortega Mild Taco Sauce.

2. Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos

If your kids live for fast-food burgers, these tacos will be a grand slam. Simply cook ground beef with chopped onion and Ortega 40% Less Sodium Taco Seasoning (great for parents on a lower-sodium diet!). Drain off fat and toss the beef with crumbled bacon bits. Fill your Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells with lettuce, shredded cheese, and Ortega Mild Taco Sauce, a more flavorful stand-in for ketchup.


53% of Americans prefer soft tacos; 47% prefer hard shells.

Source: 2019 Ortega/Suzy poll

3. Rainbow Tacos

If you’ve got picky eaters in the family, rainbow tacos are the perfect way to increase their exposure to veggies while allowing them to call the shots. In addition to plates of ground beef or chicken, shredded cheese, and sour cream, set out bowls of multicolored veggies, from red peppers and green scallions to purple cabbage and red onion. Hand the kiddos some Ortega Good Grains Blue Corn Taco Shells, and let them make their own colorful creations.


Americans love tacos. In fact, they eat 4.5 BILLION of them every year.

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4. Taco Casserole

This dish is perfect for stocking your freezer before a new baby arrives or as an easy casserole to bring to a backyard family potluck. Layer Ortega Flour Tortillas or Whole Wheat Tortillas with ground turkey, Ortega Refried Beans, chopped onions, Green Giant Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, cheese, and Ortega Thick & Chunky Mild Salsa in a baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes and let cool. Before serving, top with fresh lettuce, cilantro, and sour cream.

5. Bean and Avocado

Meatless Mondays are a breeze with these tasty vegetarian tacos. Jazz up your Ortega Refried or Black Beans with Ortega Mild Diced Green Chiles. Spoon the mixture onto a warm flour tortilla, and then top with sliced avocado. Serve with Mexican rice and a veggie side for a meal that is easy, filling, and delicious.


1 in 3 Millennial moms have themed dinners, such as Taco Night, to make their family meals more enjoyable.

Source: Meredith Parents Network “Millennial Moms and Mealtime” Study

6. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Planning ahead makes busy days a little easier to tackle. Before you head to work in the morning, throw some chicken thighs into your slow cooker with Ortega Taco Seasoning and at least two cups of either water or broth, and set it to cook on low. When you get home, the chicken will be ready and waiting. Pair it with the Ortega Grande Hard & Soft Taco Dinner Kit, which contains shells and tortillas, taco sauce, and the aforementioned seasoning, for a super easy dinner that’s ready to serve in a flash.

7. Ice Cream Tacos

Your favorite food isn’t limited to savory preparations. All you need to make Ortega Flour Tortillas into sweet taco shells that are the perfect vessels for ice cream is Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon sugar, and butter. Sauté the tortillas in melted butter until golden and crisp (about two minutes per side). Dredge both sides of the tortilla in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Once they’ve cooled, fill the tortillas with ice cream and top with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

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