While I’m definitively sure that national holidays to various foods, objects, and beverages are entirely made up by whoever owns hashtags, life can be so fleeting and joyless that I’m down to imbibe if the mood strikes. National Boyfriend Day is October 3rd. That is a dumb holiday I refuse to even talk about. But today is October 4th and that makes it National Taco Day. I can be down with National Taco Day because tacos are the nectar of the gods. They are the perfect food—handheld, portable, and a vessel for dousing in sauces. They are an excuse to drink margaritas. They are also generally accompanied by the most perfect of fruits, the humble and quickly rotten avocado. And we can munch on as many delicious tacos as we want, guilt-free! Not at a bar or restaurant, though. People who celebrate National Fake Facebook Holidays at bars or restaurants are most likely terrible. I’m encouraging you to make them in the comfort of your own home. After all, they are so easy to make, the ingredients are cheap, and you can eat six of them while watching television with no judgment.
However, I want to give you some unique ideas besides the humble ground beef taco. I’m not so down with ground beef after I accidentally left some in my garbage can for a few days while I went away and I came back to a house that smelled like death. So I have some non-beef taco suggestions for all of you. I list them below!
1. . Zucchini and Black Bean
This is a supremely quick and easy vegetarian taco that makes no bones about being a vegetarian taco. There's no fake meat. This is not a fake meat, soy crumble taco. This is a pure, whole food taco that tastes pretty darn delicious. And can be done in about 30 minutes. All you have to do is cube up two medium zucchinis, dice half an onion, crush a garlic clove, and coat all of those in a bowl with some olive oil, oregano, and chili powder. Sauté in a pan until soft and add a can of drained and rinsed black beans with some salt to taste and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve with soft flour tortillas and top with cotija cheese, diced avocados, and plenty of hot sauce.
2. . Sweet Potato and Turkey Tacos
If you’re on a health kick and want to get some protein in, these are the tacos for you. Skin and cube a large sweet potato into small pieces and toss with cayenne pepper, olive oil, salt, and garlic powder. Add to a pan with a splash of water and cover for around three minutes. Once the water has evaporated, raise the heat and cook the potatoes until they are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Set aside. Add some ground turkey to the pan with some diced onions. Once cooked, add half a cup of tomato sauce (the one in a can, not marinara sauce) and the sweet potatoes. Serve in crispy shells or lettuce cups, and top with salsa and sour cream.
3. . Breakfast
If you’ve ever been to a good Tex Mex joint, you’ve had breakfast tacos. They are an absolute dream. Breakfast for dinner is always a treat, and this is no exception. To make breakfast tacos, you just make breakfast, and shove it in a taco shell. That is easy enough. Try it with scrambled eggs, scallions, and cheese. Or eggs with breakfast sausage or chorizo. Or potatoes and black beans. It really doesn’t get any simpler than breakfast tacos, and as long as you get some texas hot sauce on top, you’re doing it all right.
4. . Chicken Fajita
Instead of going to Chili’s and ordering an incredibly hot burning plate that looks like it’s on fire, stay home and away from the Chili’s restaurant. Get some chicken breast, and cut it into thin strips. Cook it to your liking. Sautee some peppers and onions in high heat and mix ‘em all together. Serve with shredded cheese, and cilantro if that doesn’t make you physically ill.
5. . Grilled Fish
If you have a grill pan and you like fish, this is the recipe you should make! Cook some flaky white fish on a hot surface and shred it with a fork. Try to get some nice grill marks on that baby. Serve on a flour tortilla with sour cream mixed with sriracha, cubed avocado, and fresh radish slices. You can even make a quick slaw with some shredded cabbage, lime juice, a teaspoon of crema or mayo, and top the taco with that. If you want to, of course. This national day is YOUR holiday to celebrate.
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