The fillings change (although we have traditional ground beef tacos more than any other – creatures of habit). One of my favorite tacos is a pulled pork taco – and you can use leftover pulled pork or grab some as take out from your favorite BBQ restaurant. Allowing your favorite restaurant to do the heavy lifting, so to speak, is just a brilliant and inspired thing to do.
In the picture at the top, I hadn’t added any toppings to the tacos yet. WHY I jumped the gun and took the picture before the tacos had finished dressing is beyond me. Knowing me like I do, I probably was distracted by…
- My cats.
- A baseball game.
- white corn
- shredded lettuce
- green onion
- salsa verde
- thinly sliced radishes (shockingly good)
- BBQ sauce
- mild taco sauce
- Mexican Crumbling cheese (perfect with cilantro)
- coleslaw (Mmmmm!)
- white cheese sauce
- shredded cheese
- etc etc etc
Boca crumbles, shrimp, refried beans, and cod are also great taco fillers.
I promise you, thinly sliced radishes on pulled pork tacos are both beautiful and delicious. Same with coleslaw (which, of course, you can also grab at the restaurant when you grab your pulled pork, if you’re so inclined).
Finally, A Word About Cilantro
While I play with a million and one fillings for tacos, a constant is cilantro. This is one of my absolute favorite herbs and the first plant that sees action in my herb bed each year.
I realize that some people (what’s with them, anyway?!?) don’t like cilantro – but for those of us who can’t get enough of it, we can rest assured that we’re doing our bodies (as well as our taste buds) good.
Cilantro is a good source of Thiamin and Zinc and is a “very good source” of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese (source).
As for health benefits of Cilantro…
- lowers anxiety
- improves sleep
- lowers blood sugar levels
- protects against cardiovascular disease
- rids the body of heavy metals
- source (plus even more benefits)