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Veggie Sides for Tacos

brandi_84brandi_84 Member Posts: 1,326 Member Member Posts: 1,326 Member
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I'm trying to create balanced meals. I don't think I'm getting enough veggies in with just toppings on the taco. Do you ever pair your tacos with vegetables? What do you think would go good?
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  • mfpdlc75mfpdlc75 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    I create a huge salad (lettuce, toms, cucumber, peppers, celery, red onion) with lime juice and salt as the dressing, then add the taco components (in my case beans, sour cream, cheese and salsa) as the toppings on the salad. I then scoop some into the tortilla, and eat the rest "deconstructed".
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 4,734 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,734 Member
    I'm partial to cutting up bell peppers (like at least 2 and they can't be the green ones) when having tacos.
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 6,277 Member Member Posts: 6,277 Member
    We do oven fries with our tacos on taco night.
  • brandi_84brandi_84 Member Posts: 1,326 Member Member Posts: 1,326 Member
    @mfpdlc75
    I think I will probably take your suggestion.

    @MaltedTea. I love bell peppers. I wish I had bought some when I did my grocery shopping. That would have been good.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I think fries would be good for nachos instead of chips. I'm not sure I want to add extra carbs to the tacos. Thank you for your suggestion.

    edited November 2020
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 6,771 Member Member Posts: 6,771 Member
    I'll do roasted Poblano peppers and onions or a Mexican style coleslaw. I make fresh pico and avocado, so that also counts, plus a bunch of shredded lettuce(or spinach), chopped tomatoes, and cilantro.
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 6,277 Member Member Posts: 6,277 Member
    brandi_84 wrote: »
    @mfpdlc75
    I think I will probably take your suggestion.

    @MaltedTea. I love bell peppers. I wish I had bought some when I did my grocery shopping. That would have been good.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I think fries would be good for nachos instead of chips. I'm not sure I want to add extra carbs to the tacos. Thank you for your suggestion.

    Lol most veggies have carbs. 🤷‍♀️ Good luck with dinner though.
  • brandi_84brandi_84 Member Posts: 1,326 Member Member Posts: 1,326 Member
    brandi_84 wrote: »
    @mfpdlc75
    I think I will probably take your suggestion.

    @MaltedTea. I love bell peppers. I wish I had bought some when I did my grocery shopping. That would have been good.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I think fries would be good for nachos instead of chips. I'm not sure I want to add extra carbs to the tacos. Thank you for your suggestion.

    Lol most veggies have carbs. 🤷‍♀️ Good luck with dinner though.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I know, you're right. I felt silly after thinking about how I worded that. I just meant I was trying to figure how to add volume to the meal with less calories. I'm trying to include more non-starchy vegetables to my family's diet. Our go to is always bread, potatoes, rice.
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 6,277 Member Member Posts: 6,277 Member
    brandi_84 wrote: »
    brandi_84 wrote: »
    @mfpdlc75
    I think I will probably take your suggestion.

    @MaltedTea. I love bell peppers. I wish I had bought some when I did my grocery shopping. That would have been good.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I think fries would be good for nachos instead of chips. I'm not sure I want to add extra carbs to the tacos. Thank you for your suggestion.

    Lol most veggies have carbs. 🤷‍♀️ Good luck with dinner though.

    @Chef_Barbell
    I know, you're right. I felt silly after thinking about how I worded that. I just meant I was trying to figure how to add volume to the meal with less calories. I'm trying to include more non-starchy vegetables to my family's diet. Our go to is always bread, potatoes, rice.

    Ahh that makes sense... sometimes I will roast root vegetables or do zucchini or green beans like a fry and use a taco style seasoning on them like cumin and Sazon.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,722 Member Member Posts: 5,722 Member
    Guac and Mexican charred street corn and mexican cactus salad come to mind. Lighty pickled thinly sliced root vegetables might not be mexican but probably a flavour profile that compliments tacos. Have a look at the sides section of menus for non fast food Mexican restaurants for inspiration.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,722 Member Member Posts: 5,722 Member
    Black beans and baked plantains.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Member Posts: 2,428 Member Member Posts: 2,428 Member
    Pickled onions and radishes are good on tacos
  • AthijadeAthijade Member Posts: 2,372 Member Member Posts: 2,372 Member
    I usually will have zucchini (roasted or sautéed depending on how I feel) or I do a side of fajita vegetables.
  • brandi_84brandi_84 Member Posts: 1,326 Member Member Posts: 1,326 Member
    Pickled onions and radishes are good on tacos

    @missysippy930
    I did not know. I'll have to look into this. Thank you.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 38,683 Member Member Posts: 38,683 Member
    In the summer we usually do a crunchy Mexican coleslaw with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and a lime and avocado oil dressing. In winter we usually sauté fajita vegetables.
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Member Posts: 4,850 Member Member Posts: 4,850 Member
    Quick pickled veggies, carrot, Onions, cauliflower, broccoli, radish, peppers that aren’t too hot.
    (Quick version of escabiche)
    edited December 2020
  • JpednoJpedno Member Posts: 39 Member Member Posts: 39 Member
    Calabacitas goes well with tacos: Sautéed onion, corn, summer squash, and green chile
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 18,740 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,740 Member
    Jicama (with or without lime juice and chili powder), sweet potatoes (yea, starchy) cubed & roasted (seasoned or plain), nopales Mexicana, sweet corn (starchy again) with roasted red peppers.
  • olympos92olympos92 Member Posts: 76 Member Member Posts: 76 Member
    Zucchini, carrot, eggplant. I grate each one of thoe ingredients and cook them in the pan. Proves to be delicious side dish.



  • bold_rabbitbold_rabbit Member Posts: 1,044 Member Member Posts: 1,044 Member
    The ones I do that have been suggested:

    Jicama
    Nopales
    Bell peppers and onions

    The one that hasn't been:

    Roasted whole okra

    Also, if you would consider adding fruit, try a fruit salad (especially melons) with jicama included - topped with lime juice and chili powder. Our local Mexican restaurant used to serve this.
    edited December 2020
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,722 Member Member Posts: 5,722 Member
    Not authentic but a good match for the flavour profile of tacos would be Mexicanized SE asian fruit salad ingredients. Green papaya or green mango with cotija cheese, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
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