Just because we gave up going OUT to eat Mexican food doesn’t mean we can’t make a healthier version of it at home. It’s hard to go wrong with Tacos – you can basically take this recipe and change it a million different ways and it will still end up being delicious.
Here’s the recipe from Cooking Light. We get the Cooking Light magazine every month, so this was a recipe featured in the April 2011 mag. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chipotle-pork-tacos-50400000111089
299 calories for 2 tacos is pretty darn good. Sure beats the calories at a typical Mexican Restaurant. I like making Tacos at home because you can always make it healthier by using a leaner cut of meat. Even if ground beef is your thing – you can just opt for a less fatty version. You can use part skim shredded cheese if you miss the cheese topping. You can buy fat free sour cream instead of full fat. You can add more vegetables – or make a veggie taco version for even less calories. Go with the corn tortillas like the recipe says because that will be a major calorie saving switch for you.
You can make this recipe a bit hotter by adding more than teaspoons chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce. If you don’t know where to find the chipotle chile in adobo sauce – look in the international aisle of your grocery and it’s usually in a little tiny can with the Mexican stuff. YUM! Chipotle is not a SUPER spicy pepper – so if you are looking to really heat it up, add a jalapeno or if you are like RJ, add a habanero!
For those that know RJ – he is a total chile head – so anytime the grocery store has awesome looking hot peppers, he brings one home determined to find “something” to cook it with. He decided to use it for the pork tacos this past week. Since i’m not quite as advanced in my “take the heat” skills, he left it out of my servings for lunch. Unfortunately, I grabbed the wrong container for lunch and only made it about halfway through the tacos. It was full on tears and several days of avoiding anything remotely spicy after that. Lesson learned!! So just be careful if you are going to add some heat!